Video: Suarez Helps Liverpool Forget Torres

Kenny Dalglish saluted a scoring debut for £22.8million signing Luis Suarez as Liverpool began to forget Fernando Torres. The former Ajax striker, a 63rd-minute substitute, finished off a 2-0 win over Stoke by rounding keeper Asmir Begovic and rolling the ball towards an empty net. Defender Andy Wilkinson helped it over the line, but Dalglish gave the goal to Suarez on a night which also saw debut goals for Robbie Keane for West Ham and Daniel Sturridge for Bolton.

Dalglish said, "I was delighted for Luis. He hasn't even had the opportunity to train with us yet. He got his work permit yesterday and was straight in the squad. I think we'll see him improve even more when he starts training with the rest of the lads. He's got a big smile on his face, but he's that sort of lad. He's a happy guy and a good guy." Suarez had not played since December 8 after being banned for seven games for biting an opponent when playing for Ajax.

Dalglish added, "We were never going to put any time scale on his fitness. He'll be fit when he's ready, but he's not doing too bad as it is. When you think we've got attacking options like Luis, Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard and Raul Meireles, I think we're going to start frightening opponents when they come here. Was it Luis' goal? Well, I gave it him! It was going in, wasn't it? He can have the first goal as well, as far as I'm concerned. It's great to score on your debut, and I thought he and Dirk Kuyt linked up really well.'

Carroll received an ovation when paraded in front of the Kop before kick-off, and Dalglish said, "It's going to be a few weeks before he's fit, but we didn't buy him for a few weeks. We bought him for five-and-a-half years." Torres, who is in line to make his Chelsea debut against Liverpool on Sunday, was branded a 'fake and a fraud who has spat in the faces of the Liverpool supporters' by former Anfield legend John Aldridge.

The former Liverpool striker said, "Torres is simply a mercenary who has gone for a huge pay rise. Liverpool fans stuck by him this season. They made excuses for his poor performances, about his injuries still affecting him. But all the time Torres appeared to be taking the club and the fans for a ride. Once he had put in a transfer request Liverpool were right to let him go. Torres talked about how much it meant to him to be a Liverpool player. He seemed to embrace Liverpool's values but now we know he didn't mean it. My five-year-old grandson refused to put his Torres shirt on over the weekend because even he was disgusted with him.

Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini said Manchester City would not win the League title this season after his side were held to a 2-2 draw at Birmingham and now trailing eight points behind Premier League leaders and neighbors Manchester United. "It's too much for us. Right now it's very important for us to start playing football again. I'm disappointed because we conceded two goals. It's impossible to win if you keep conceding two goals every game. We have done this for the past four, five, six games. We work hard in training, but it does not happen in matches," said the frustrated Mancini when asked whether it was now too difficult to finish top of the pile.

Liverpool 2-0 Stoke



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