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Thursday 16 August 2018

Suarez: Recruits eager to restore Reds to former glory

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes there is a real desire within the dressing room to restore the club to former glories.

The Uruguay international has contributed much to that plan, none more so than in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Stoke when he refused to give up after a frustrating first half.

Late in the game the 24-year-old was still causing problems for the Stoke defence; he should have had a penalty when his cross hit Matthew Upson's arm and he then stabbed a shot wide after Peter Crouch had got in the way of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Suarez has been Liverpool's stand-out player since arriving from Ajax in January but thinks Kenny Dalglish's summer recruitment drive -- bringing in Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Jose Enrique, Craig Bellamy and compatriot Sebastian Coates -- has not only added more quality but a greater will to win.

"I think a lot of the players who have joined us have come with a real desire to succeed and a determination to make Liverpool the side it was before -- always in Europe and always fighting for the league title," said the Uruguayan.

Suarez had nothing but good things to report to Coates, voted young player of the Copa America which his country won, when the 20-year-old 6ft 6ins defender moved to Merseyside from Nacional late last month.

"The things I told him were stuff about behind the scenes at the club -- he already knew about everything else," said the striker.



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"Liverpool is one of the biggest and best clubs in Europe, and he knows that well enough himself.

"He is coming to a team where he can really develop as an individual.

"He is still very young and has a lot to learn, but there are some highly experienced players here who can help him a lot with that. He is aware of that and he is happy to learn and help the team as much as he can."

And although their unbeaten start to the season came to an end at the Britannia Stadium, winger Stewart Downing said the players were remaining positive.

"The manager said to us after the game to keep doing what we're doing," he said. "I don't think there was a lot wrong with our performance, we played quite well. It was 'one of those days' and we couldn't hit the net.

Dalglish added: "We were very disappointed with the result. It's probably the best 1-0 defeat I've had as manager. We did play very well."

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