Anfield great says Liverpool cannot disown Suarez because they have a responsibility to help him.
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish says that Luis Suarez deserves the club’s support after the striker bit an opponent for the third time in his senior career.
FIFA have banned Suarez from taking part in any football-related activity until late October following his chomp on Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy on Tuesday.
“It is my belief that when you bring a player to a football club, he becomes your responsibility,” Dalglish wrote in his Daily Mirror column.
“I know that lots of people are jumping up and down and saying that Liverpool should disown Luis Suarez.
“Others are saying that the striker has become more trouble than he is worth, too.
“But you don’t just turn your back on someone because he has done something wrong.”
Former manager Dalglish brought Suarez to Anfield in January 2011 and stood by the player when he was was accused of racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra – an offence that was met with an eight-game suspension.
Suarez’s next misdemeanour came in April last year when he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. He was banned for 10 games and Liverpool arranged anger management sessions.
Dalglish believes the club must again try to help Suarez.
He added: “Sometimes, when people have something wrong with them, just because they don’t have a plaster cast on their leg, people think they don’t need help.
“Well, after the Ivanovic incident last year, Liverpool gave Luis help – and he was receptive to that help.
“He had meetings with the club psychiatrist, Steve Peters, as other players have, and he showed remorse and a willingness to be rehabilitated.
“If a player shows a willingness to be helped, then you have a responsibility to help him.”
Although Dalglish says that Suarez has shown remorse for his actions in the past, the 27-year-old is not apologetic for his bite on Chiellini, at least not publicly.
In an official statement to FIFA, Suarez denied that the act was intentional, instead claiming that he fell on the Italian.