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Dalgish backs Reds Suarez stance

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Liverpool players wore shirt while warming up against Wigan. (©GettyImages)
Liverpool players wore shirt while warming up against Wigan. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has backed his players' support of Luis Suarez.

Prior to their mid-week game at Wigan Athletic, Liverpool's matchday squad warmed up in t-shirt backing the underfire striker.

Many, including former Manchester United defender Paul McGrath and Blackburn Rovers' Jason Roberts, have criticised the move, but Dalglish has defended his players' stance.

"I don't think the players have caused any trouble," Dalglish said.

"The statement couldn't have caused anyone any trouble and I don't think the players have caused any trouble with the FA either by their statement or support by their T-shirts."

"We totally support Luis and we want the world to know that," the statement read. "We know he is not racist.

"We have lived, trained and played with Luis for almost 12 months and we don't recognise the way he has been portrayed."

McGrath had earlier said: "If I was in Glen Johnson's situation, I'd have thrown the shirt to the floor," the former Republic of Ireland international said.

But on Twitter, the England full back explained: "I will support who I want when I want! There are a lot of reasons why I'm standing by Luis Suarez!"

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