'You cannot doubt the integrity of Luis Suarez,' says Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish

The Uruguayan hitman was left frustrated following the Reds' 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Anfield, but his manager insisted he was pleased with his side's performance
LIVERPOOL – Liverpool FC boss Kenny Dalglish has moved to defend striker Luis Suarez from criticism regarding his on-pitch conduct following the Reds' 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Anfield.

The Uruguayan missed a number of fine chances as his side stumbled against Paul Lambert's men and was roundly vilified by the visiting Norwich supporters for going to ground too easily.

However, the Scot has sprung to the striker's defense yet again, after having already offered the 24-year-old his support over accusations that he racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra in last week's grudge match at Anfield.

"There are people that question Luis Suarez’s integrity, but it's their integrity that needs questioning, not his," Dalglish insisted following the draw on Saturday evening. "On the football pitch he’s exemplary, a classic footballer with the way he handles himself and conducts himself."

The Reds chief also insisted that he was pleased with his side's display, despite seeing them throw away a one-goal lead to a Grant Holt header after Craig Bellamy had opened his account for the season on the stroke of halftime.

The draw leaves Liverpool fifth, two points ahead of fellow top four challenger Tottenham, and Dalglish feels his charges deserved a victory against the Canaries.

"On the balance of the game I think we deserved to take three points from it," he said. "We played really well up to a point, created a lot of chances and there was some great passing. They hung on in and if we don’t convert our chances then we’re always going to give other teams a chance and they took it."

Dalglish also praised the performance of Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and rued Andy Carroll's late miss that could have given his side the win.

"Even then they came back and the goalkeeper's made a great save from Luis [Suarez] late on and big Andy [Carroll] could’ve scored from a header as well so we’re disappointed but I’m sure we’ll play a lot worse than that but still win matches," he added.

He concluded, "There’s a lot of disappointment because the boys played really well and I don’t think the point is a reflection on how they played. If they continue to play like that they’ll win a lot more games than they lose."

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