Kenny Dalglish wants Liverpool to put race row behind them

The Anfield boss has insisted that his side wipe the slate clean and forget about the racism debacle and concentrate on beating Brighton and also winning the League Cup

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is hoping the club can put the whole Luis Suarez racism row behind them and concentrate on winning matches, as they face Brighton in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Dalglish and Suarez both released statements last week in which they apologised for their behaviour during and after the game with Manchester United.

The Anfield club will be hoping to put their name in the hat for the FA Cup quarter-final, but will first have to get past Brighton, who beat high-flying Newcastle in the last round. They will also be mentally preparing themselves for the League Cup final with Cardiff City in just a week’s time.

Dalglish firmly believes that the club should put the humiliating debacle surrounding Suarez behind them, telling The Sunday Mirror: “It is business as usual for us now. That doesn’t take away our focus or the appreciation for the support we have at this club.

“Everything has been dealt with, we have just moved on, and now we must concentrate on the football and make sure that our mind is fully ­focused on getting through the next round of the cup.

“I think everybody is now just concentrating on the game against ­Brighton.

“We have addressed ­everything we have had to address so we now just move onwards and ­upwards.”

The Liverpool boss has played down the effects of the row, adding: “It’s not as if my wife Marina has left me is it?

“She is still there, so I am a happy man. We just ­concentrate on the football, that is what we are supposed to do and that is what we will try and do.

“If we didn’t concentrate on football and try and prepare the best we ­possibly can, there are an awful lot of people who love this football club that we’d be letting down.

“We’ve absolutely no ­intention of doing that. Our fans have been ­fantastic – and they will be fantastic again against Brighton.

“Brighton will bring a few supporters and they are a decent side. We have played them already in the Carling Cup and we had a difficult game.

“I don’t think there is the same importance for the cup competitions that people had in the past.

“The league is now the main priority for most clubs and supporters. My most poignant memory of the FA Cup was obviously 1989, with Hillsborough.

“The first Merseyside final in 1986 was very ­special. It was a fantastic day for the city and both sets of supporters made it a great advert for the city of ­Liverpool."

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