KENNY DALGLISH dismissed any comparisons between himself and Liverpool’s latest genius number seven on Saturday night – but he admitted that Luis Suarez is already a modern day Anfield legend.
The manner in which the little Uruguayan twisted his way around Christophe Berra to score another stunning goal in Liverpool’s victory over Wolves was reminiscent of Dalglish in his pomp.
But after the Reds’ 2-1 triumph the Liverpool boss refused to accept any comparisons.
“I think everyone has their own identity and it undermines the person you are comparing to anyone else,” he declared. “He is Luis Suarez.
“He is a fantastic player and that’s the end of the story. Whoever has been here before has been here before and it is not fair to compare him with other players.”
But when asked if Suarez could possibly become an Anfield legend in the mould of Rush, Dalglish and Keegan, he declared: “I think he has already arrived. I don’t think he is just on course, he has arrived. He was there when he scored his first goal against Stoke.
“I think the fans take to him because he is so genuine and 100 per cent committed. The crowd love players like that and I don’t think Luis will have any trouble getting the appreciation of the crowd.
“Our supporters are probably the most intelligent ones I have come across and, for me, they understand when someone is doing something well.
“He’s been outstanding since he came to the club, not just on it but off it. And we’re very fortunate to have him. We look forward to many more happy days with him here.
“I don’t know where he gets his ideas from. He has his own ideas and he is certainly full of them. He certainly knows how to play on and off the field. He has been an absolute credit to the football club since he joined us.”
Suarez was outstanding against Mick McCarthy’s resilient Wolves, and when he made way for Steven Gerrard with 10 minutes remaining kicked out a water bottle in frustration.
Dalglish understood the reaction.
“He wants to be involved all the time and to play for as many minutes as he can and he wants to score,” he added. “But he enjoys winning as well.”
Dalglish also had words of praise for Suarez’s strike partner, Andy Carroll.
The big number nine produced possibly his best performance in a Reds shirt and Dalglish added: “Andy did excellent. Excellent. His performance had everything except a goal.
“He was much more like the big fella today and I’m delighted for him.
“At the end of the day we got three points and everyone made a contribution. Someone is going to get the banner headlines and if it is Luis rather than Andy then, well...it may be helpful.”
A Roger Johnson own goal and Suarez’s stunning strike gave the Reds a 2-0 half-time lead, but substitute Steven Fletcher struck early in the second half to make for an occasionally nervy second period.
Dalglish believed Liverpool were worthy victors, though.
“I think it was a deserved three points,” he said. “It was difficult at times and they put us under a bit of pressure in the first half. They scored early in the second half and that gave them a bit of momentum, but equally at the other end we hit the post and their keeper made an unbelievable save, but overall we deserved to win.
“We got a bit of good fortune with the first goal but we deserve a bit of luck because we haven’t had too much recently.
“But we’ve got three points.
“You have to give Wolves credit. I don’t think Mick (McCarthy) was too happy with their last performance against QPR but that was a total contrast. We probably played better than that in one of the games we lost at Stoke. But we competed well and that’s very important.
“There are various attributes you need if you want to move forward and one of them is to compete properly and we certainly did that.”