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Dalglish: Suarez set to star

Kenny Dalglish believes Luis Suarez could be Liverpool's key to victory when they take on Manchester United on Saturday, after the striker tormented Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the corresponding fixture last campaign.

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Suarez was instrumental in the Reds' 3-1 triumph over their Premier League rivals last season, and Dalglish says his strike weapon is due another special performance. In particular, Dalglish is no doubt hoping Suarez can replicate the mazy run which saw the Uruguayan beat four United defenders before setting up Dirk Kuyt for his hat-trick.

"I think the problem opponents have with Luis is that they don't know what is coming next, but he does and that's helpful. We just hope he continues to surprise us - but pleasantly," Dalglish said.

"Whether his performance last time against United will give them a psychological scar, that is up to them. I don't know how they think but I'm sure they will know what he did to them last season.

"They know what he is capable of and that is their problem. He does something different every time you see him. Everyone can see what he has done on the pitch but he is a fantastic personality in and around the place.

"That run against United, I don't know how he did it, honestly, I've no idea. But it's not the first time he's done that. Maybe it was in terms of how many he went past, but each of the individual things he used to get past people he had done before.

"He just collated them in the one run past three or four. But he has got other things to his bow apart from that. He did fantastically well for that first goal and obviously the game has got happy memories for Dirk Kuyt as well," said Dalglish.

Meanwhile, Suarez has hit back at his critics by insisting: "I have never been a diver".

The Uruguay international's performances have certainly impressed since arriving at Anfield from Ajax in January, but the striker has also been accused of making too much of challenges.

"I don't trick anybody. I have never been a diver - only a forward who receives so many fouls. The Premier League is more exciting than anywhere else I have played and it's always a battle because it is so physical," he is quoted as saying in The Sun.

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