Scot impressed by players' unity and refuses to blame Charlie Adam for missed penalty that cost side the chance to take all three points at the DW StadiumKenny Dalglish has hailed the Liverpool fans that made the trip to Wigan for the support they showed controversial striker Luis Suarez in his side’s 0-0 draw on Wednesday night.
Liverpool had released two club statements since the FA announced Suarez’s eight-game ban for "misconduct" towards Patrice Evra, and the players warmed up in 'Suarez 7' t-shirts as a show of support.
The fans were on the same page and could be heard from the first minute singing Suarez’s name, whilst Uruguayan flags were spotted numerous times in the Liverpool end.
“We stand right beside him and we always have done and always will do,” Dalglish told Sky Sports.
“I think that’s reflected in the reception he got from the fans, and also from the support the players showed towards him as well.
“It's all very well and good telling players to control themselves but maybe the FA should start controlling crowds. Suarez has never disappointed us since the day he came in the door.”
Suarez was responsible for Liverpool's best chance of breaking the deadlock, winning a penalty given for handball against Gary Caldwell with an overhead kick.
However Charlie Adam had his spot-kick tipped around the post by the imperious Ali Al-Habsi to produce Liverpool’s fourth missed penalty of the season.
“We look for positives, we’d love to put them all away at a higher percentage than we do but we’ll keep making them,” Dalglish added.
“You’re not cheering when you miss a penalty kick, that’s four [we’ve missed], but we must be doing something right if we’re getting into the box and being awarded them. There’s no one ever missed a penalty deliberately.”
Despite the obvious disappointment in missing out on three points, Dalglish was still proud of the efforts of his players in a game that could have gone either way.
“It’s a hard fought draw for us to come and get a point, for 20 minutes the pitch wasn’t too bad and that’s when we played our best football, the longer it went on the more difficult it was for us to play the way we want," he added.
“We're not unhappy with the performance. Maybe there are some aspects that we can improve on. I don't think we can be unhappy with the performance of the players, I think they gave us everything.”