KENNY DALGLISH has urged Luis Suarez to continue to “terrorise” opponents as Liverpool rallied around the underfire Uruguayan.
Suarez attracted further controversy this week when he was slapped with a Football Association charge for improper conduct after being photographed making an obscene gesture towards Fulham supporters following the 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage on Monday.
The striker is already facing an FA rap after being accused of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in October.
But Liverpool manager Dalglish will send out Suarez – without a Premier League goal in more than two months – against Queens Park Rangers at Anfield this afternoon with the message to carry on agitating opposing defences.
“It is not a problem if he scores or doesn't score, that isn't the important thing,” said Dalglish.
“What is important is the contribution he makes to the team. That is the test for everybody – and his contribution has been fantastic.
“He'll continue to play the way he plays and terrorise people, and if they feel they can resort to verbals to stop him, then fine, all we ask is consistency, that he is judged the way everybody else is judged.”
Dalglish this week called for Suarez to be treated fairly while highlighting a succession of incidents in which the player has not received sufficient protection from referees.
And the Liverpool manager believes the recent controversy has provoked a siege mentality within the Anfield squad.
“What you can do, is realise that it is in adversity that every segment of the football club must pull together, and that is what we have done, and we will continue to do,” added Dalglish.