KENNY DALGLISH praised Luis Suarez after the striker ignored the ongoing delay over his FA charge by inspiring Liverpool to victory at Aston Villa.
Suarez earned plaudits from both managers as the Anfield outfit secured their seventh win in their last eight away games with a 2-0 triumph over the Midlanders yesterday.
The Uruguayan was free to play after the verdict concerning allegations he racially abused Patrice Evra was delayed on Friday until tomorrow.
And Dalglish revealed the player’s preparations for the Villa Park showdown had been affected as a result.
“Suarez has been sat in a hotel room for three days,” said the Liverpool manager. “He only trained on Tuesday and Friday, and that he then puts on a performance like that speaks volumes for the man.
“It’s not my choice not to comment on it (the charge), but I wouldn’t like to prejudice anything.
“We have been respectful all the way through and at this stage we don’t want to be accused of losing that respect.”
Villa manager Alex McLeish was equally effusive in his salute to the Uruguayan.
“Suarez is perpetual motion, he’s a brilliant player,” said the Scot. “Suarez can slip into holes that other players leave, he is a very elusive player.
“He is non-stop and has been a fantastic signing for Liverpool.”
Two goals inside the opening quarter of an hour – both from corners – gave Liverpool their fifth away league win of the season and moved them three points off fourth place and a Champions League qualification berth.
Craig Bellamy prodded home the first on 11 minutes before turning provider for Martin Skrtel’s header four minutes later, with Liverpool later missing a host of chances to secure a wider margin of victory.
And Dalglish said: “Bellamy is excellent, he has been fantastic since he came. He is good in the dressing room, good on the training ground and good on pitch.