On the eve of Liverpool’s Anfield clash with Norwich City, boss Kenny Dalglish has given his full support to star striker Luis Suarez in his alleged racism row.
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra claims Suarez verbally abused him during the 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday.
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But Dalglish has said that the club is “totally and utterly” behind the Uruguayan, even though Sir Alex Ferguson insists Evra is “adamant” he wants to pursue the allegation. The French full-back believes that television replays will prove his case.
“Obviously the two things are emotive but we support the wee man,” Dalglish said this week. “Everyone at the football club is totally and utterly fully behind Luis Suarez.”
The Reds will go into the Canaries encounter heartened by a terrific performance against United last weekend and they will feel they did enough to beat their great rivals, spurning some great chances during the 90 minutes.
But the visitors also have their tails up and the Barclays Premier League new boys will be more than happy with their start to the season; City currently sit in ninth position with 11 points on the board.
In team news, Norwich boss Paul Lambert is set to stick with the same XI for the fifth game in a row – a period which has seen them pick up nine points.
Former Liverpool defenders Zak Whitbread and Daniel Ayala are still on the sidelines with injury and James Vaughan and Elliott Ward are long-term absentees.
For the hosts, they suddenly look a much stronger outfit now that Steven Gerrard is back and firing and they could also name an unchanged line-up after impressing against the champions last Saturday.
The action gets underway at 17:30 this afternoon and although the Canaries have been mightily impressive in recent weeks, Liverpool (a) is one of the toughest fixtures on the calendar and the Reds will go into the clash as big favourites.