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Keeping Luis Suarez quiet is key for Swansea City against Liverpool

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 24, 2012

Michael Laudrup

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MICHAEL Laudrup is unconcerned about whether Ashley Williams and Luis Suarez shake hands tomorrow and declared: "What matters is that we keep a great player quiet."

The launch of Williams's book has caused a stir ahead of Liverpool's trip to the Liberty this weekend after the Wales captain ripped into Suarez.

Williams described the Premier League's top-scorer as a diver who he dislikes more than any other player in the top flight.

He even suggested he felt like knocking Suarez out last season — but Laudrup is not worried about any fall-out tomorrow afternoon.

"I don't know if they will shake hands," admitted the Swansea manager.

"Fair play is important for me, but if two people don't want to shake hands, then that's really not something that is going to bother my sleep at night. What's important for me is that I know I have a player who, even against a player who does not like because of certain things, will be focused 100 per cent on doing his job.

"And I know he will play by the book, if I can say that!

"I don't think there will be any problems just because Ash does not send Luis Suarez a card at Christmas.

"I have no problem at all about Ash playing against him."

Laudrup did his best not to get to drawn into the debate on whether Suarez is a serial play-actor.

"My opinions on Suarez I will keep to myself," he added.

"The only thing I will say is that he is one of the best forwards in the Premier League at the moment and of course we will have to watch him, because most of the goals Liverpool score he is involved in.

"I don't want to say for or against that Suarez is a diver. I have only seen him in a couple of games on TV and when he came on in the Capital One Cup last month.

"He is a great player who has been involved in a lot of things and, when you are involved like that, you have to accept that people are going to talk about you."

The Williams-Suarez match-up has added an extra edge to a fixture which already had intrigue because of the returns of Joe Allen and Brendan Rodgers to the Liberty.

But Laudrup is more concerned with a host of selection dilemmas than the familiar faces in the visitors' ranks.


Swansea produced arguably their best result under the Dane as they won at Newcastle last weekend — but that does not automatically mean the same side will start again tomorrow.

"You can change a winning a team, just like you can start with the same XI which lost when you play the next game," Laudrup added.

"Each game is different and you always have to look at the opponent, and also we have three games in six days, so we cannot start the same team in all of them.

"The referee will definitely not allow me to play with 12 players, but these are positive problems for me."

Laudrup's toughest call is whether to reinstate Ki Sung-Yueng, who is fit again having missed the Newcastle win with a hamstring injury.

If the South Korean is recalled, Itay Shechter would be favourite to drop out with Michu returning to the centre-forward role.

Laudrup must also choose between Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge out wide, while Chico Flores is pushing hard for a recall in central defence.

Danny Graham, though, is a major doubt having missed training through illness this week.

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  • bennyhill4  |  November 27 2012, 7:35PM

    pomphrey2005, So you cant see any decent club being interested? Well you obviously dont read any fooball papers. Man City, Chelsea,Juventus, Real Madrid, Ac Milan have all said they would be interested if Liverpool decided to sell.You dont have to be a great person to be a great fooball player, the likes of Roy Keane and Graham Sounnes were'nt exactly Mr personality but still very good players just like Suarez

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  • pomphrey2005  |  November 26 2012, 6:04PM

    interesting i cant see most decent clubs needing someone whose list of attributes includes biting an opponent .dutch football must have breathed a sigh of relief when he left.

  • bennyhill4  |  November 25 2012, 11:06PM

    pomphrey2005 since when did you have to win a popularity contest to play in the premier league.Every single team in the country would love to have suarez in their team,every single pundit will say that he is the best striker out there.I dont suppose he will lose any sleep over what an average centre back thinks about him.After watching him at the liberty this afternoon i dont understand what the boo's were or ,other than jumping on the media bandwagon

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  • pomphrey2005  |  November 25 2012, 11:01AM

    perhaps ashley williams as a top pro is only saying what many fellow pros are thinking because in reality they are dealing with somebody who is without doubt the most unwelcome pro in their ranks.the sooner the premier league come to their senses and drive him out of their league the better for all cos as a born cheat the longer he is entertained the worse he will become

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  • bennyhill4  |  November 24 2012, 9:59AM

    I thought it was very unprofesional of ashleigh williams to say what he said about another profesional premier league footballer. Most players keep their thoughts regarding other players private, i dont know what possesed him to put it into print, but being cynical i suppose it will sell better

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