Liverpool: How Kenny Dalglish Can Get the Best Out of Luis Suarez
After a goalless first half, the Reds opened the scoring on 77 minutes with an Aaron Ramsey own goal thanks to the pressure of substitutes Raul Meleires and Luis Suarez. The pair were once again involved late on, as Luis Suarez netted his second of the season to confirm the result after 90 minutes of end-to-end football.
Manager Kenny Dalglish had this to say about the Reds performance, chatting to the club's official website:
"It was a fantastic advert for the Premier League. The quality of football from both sides was well worthy of a mention. Overall in the game we probably just deserved to win. We know they had problems before the game and maybe they didn't have the strongest team they would like to have had on the pitch, but we can only play against the people who are on the pitch. We knew whoever they had on would be quality.
I thought we played particularly well, we just shaded it and probably deserved the win."
The Scot started with Andy Carroll upfront, but later substituted him to make way for Suarez who ultimately won the game for the Reds. The reasoning behind this was most likely due to the fact that the Uruguyan is clearly still recovering from his Copa America run with the national squad. King Kenny had this to say about Suarez:
"Last week (against Sunderland) maybe I was being a wee bit romantic with Luis," said Dalglish.
"It was unfair on him, he was coming back and was on such a high and looked sharp in training. I thought I would give him a game.
"Maybe last week it was the wrong decision from me.
"He still scored the goal, still played well, but he just never had the energy he normally has. Maybe we just brought him back a wee bit too soon."
Dalglish added: "We have got to manage Luis' circumstances the same as we have everybody else's. There were another four or five lads there who we had for the first time.
And so while there is a huge debate as to how the Reds can fully utilize the talents of Suarez and his teammates using a set formation or starting XI, what we must really think about is how we can keep them fit, and limit their workload so that star players are not prone to injury, like that of Gerrard and Torres.
And the best way to make use of the increased depth this squad now has is to rotate the squad, with the stars like the Uruguayan playing the big matches, and the players like Aquilani, Kuyt and so on taking a spot in the Starting XI for games against weaker opposition.
It's an idea and it needs to be thought over carefully, because if it isn't we could be in for a repeat of 2008-09 where we tripped up against the smaller sides in the league and ultimately lost the premiership.
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