I’ll have to take your word for it, I wasn’t there. Ask him, take it from him … I think you’re very severe and bang out of order to blame Luis Suarez for anything that happened here today. Both sets of fans behaved really well, there was banter between each other, no problem.
~ Kenny Dalglish, February 12, 2002
Dalglish has remained a staunch supporter of Suarez and defended him in post match discussions to the press despite the fact that Suarez did not shake hands with Evra. Suarez later apologized for his actions and Dalglish gave the following statement and apology:
“I was shocked to hear that the player had not shaken hands having been told earlier in the week that he would do,” Dalglish said. “All of us have a responsibility to represent this club in a fit and proper manner and that applies equally to me as Liverpool manager. When I went on TV after yesterday’s game I hadn’t seen what had happened but I did not conduct myself in a way befitting of a Liverpool manager during that interview and I’d like to apologise for that.”