Dalglish: Suarez better than RVP right now

Kenny Dalglish believes that Luis Suarez is a better striker than Robin van Persie after the Uruguayan's impressive performances for Liverpool this season.

The buck-toothed star of Merseyside.

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Suarez and Van Persie have been at their scintillating best and have been largely responsible for many of their sides' wins this season.

The Dutchman starred as recently as Saturday when he came off the bench to net a crucial late equaliser against West Ham to help keep the Red Devils' hopes of winning the FA Cup alive.

Van Persie has also scored one more goal than the Uruguayan with the latter having notched 15 goals in the Premier League so far. 

As manager of Liverpool last season, Dalglish repeatedly hailed Suarez as being one of the best players in England. He has continued to back his former charge and feels he is even better than the former Arsenal striker. Moreover, he feels that the the recent talk of Suarez having to accomodate new signing Daniel Sturridge is a bit premature as the 23-year-old still needs to prove himself at the club.

In his regular column for the Sunday Mirror, the Scotsman wrote: "There was a lot of ­speculation on Friday that Luis Suarez will have to move position to ­accommodate the arrival of Daniel ­Sturridge.

"Well, we probably need to wait for a few weeks to see where Sturridge is going to fit in.

"He only started one game in the Premier League this season for Chelsea so he is going to take a bit of time to get up to speed. All I would say about Luis is that he has probably been the league's outstanding player this season.

"He has been superb in his role and when people are talking about players of the season, at this stage you wouldn't look further than Luis and Robin van Persie.

"At the moment, I think Luis is edging it. He is more important to ­Liverpool than van Persie is to United."

Dalglish also defended his tenure in charge of the Reds and insisted he did not underestimate the domestic cup competitions as many managers do. The 61-year-old led the Merseyside club to the FA Cup final but lost out at the final hurdle to Roberto di Matteo's Chelsea.

Instead, he believes that all the clubs participating in the competition should avoid the temptation of fielding under-strength sides as supporters still cherish their team's participation in the tournament.

"There are two truths that remain unchanged about the FA Cup from the era when I was playing. Getting to the final is still ­something that fans cherish. It is still one of the best days out in our calendar," he continued. 

"And if you are the manager of a big club on the wrong end of a giant-killing, it can still cost you your job.

"When I was in charge of Liverpool last season, we went behind to Oldham in the third round and it didn't feel nice.

"I can assure you that no one at our club was thinking ‘it's only the FA Cup, who cares?'

"It wasn't a bad side I put out that night either. Steven Gerrard played the full 90 minutes.

"Clubs have different priorities and you even see some lower division teams failing to put out their strongest side. I find that strange.

"When I was a manager, I always put out a team I felt was capable of winning the competition."

Liverpool play Mansfield Town in the third round of the FA Cup later on Sunday. Suarez is likely to be rested for the game while manager Brendan Rodgers also hinted that Sturridge may not feature either to give him more time to reach full match-fitness. 

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