Many Liverpool fans were surprised to see Luis Suarez left out of the Liverpool starting lineup on Saturday against Arsenal, but the Uruguay striker came on in the second half to great effect and scored the second goal for the Reds.
After the match against Arsenal, Kenny Dalglish explained to us why he left Suarez out of the starting lineup and how he got it wrong by playing Suarez from the start against Sunderland in the opening game of the season when the player had just gotten back from the Copa America with Uruguay.
Dalglish said, “Last week (v Sunderland) maybe I was being a wee bit romantic with Luis. It was unfair on him, he was coming back and was on such a high and looked sharp in training. I thought I’d 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.
“We’ve got to manage Luis’s circumstances the same as we have everybody else’s. There were another four or five lads there who we had for the first time. Raul Meireles has had a difficult pre-season with injuries so we’ve got to look after him as well as Luis.”