Suarez can han­dle boo boys, says John­son

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By NEIL JOHN­STON

GLEN JOHN­SON is back­ing Luis Suarez to drown out the Manch­ester United hate mob.

Liver­pool hot-head Suarez faces a hos­tile re­cep­tion when Kenny Dal­glish’s side visit Old Traf­ford on Satur­day.

Suarez has only just re­turned from an eight-game ban for racially abus­ing United full-back Pa­trice Evra.

And the con­tro­ver­sial Uruguay striker, 25, can ex­pect the same treat­ment Liver­pool fans dished out to Evra in last month’s FA Cup clash at An­field.

Evra was jeered each time he touched the ball, while the French de­fender had to put up with chants of “There’s only one ly­ing bas­tard” as Liver­pool won 2-1.


But John­son is con­fi­dent Suarez will keep his cool and si­lence the United boo boys when Liver­pool look to keep their slim top-four hopes alive.

Reds and Eng­land full-back John­son said: “It is a tough place to go to, Old Traf­ford, and Luis is a strong char­ac­ter.

“He will try to let his foot­ball do the talk­ing.

“He is a fan­tas­tic player, he has had a long break now and hope­fully he will be fresh and ready to put in a per­for­mance at the week­end.

“He’s the sort of player we need in the team.

“He’s go­ing to have a big role to play be­tween now and the end of the sea­son. He’s the sort of player we need in the team.”

Suarez is al­most cer­tain to start against United af­ter com­ing off the sub­sti­tutes’ bench to play the last 24 min­utes in the 0-0 draw with Spurs on Mon­day.

He im­me­di­ately picked up a book­ing for kick­ing Scott Parker in the stom­ach.

United striker Wayne Rooney used his Twit­ter ac­count to say: “If ref sees that kick from suarez and books him for it it should be red.”

Rooney’s com­ments will not have gone down well at An­field.

The re­turn of Suarez is a mas­sive boost for Liver­pool and John­son in­sists the team are play­ing bet­ter than one par­tic­u­lar statis­tic seems to in­di­cate.

The draw with Spurs was their eighth at An­field this sea­son from 12 Premier League games.

“Eight draws out of 12 doesn’t sound good,” added John­son.

“But I don’t think the per­for­mances have re­flected that.

“We’ve played bet­ter than that sug­gests and have de­served more points – but that’s the way foot­ball goes.

“We have to move on as we’ve got a big game on Satur­day.”

KOP FOR THAT: Suarez fires a shot at Scott Parker

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