Kenny Dalglish has revealed the decision of Liverpool’s team to wear T-shirts in support of Luis Suarez last season was made by the players, not by him.
The ex-Anfield manager was widely criticised for his stance in supporting the Uruguayan in his high-profile race case with Patrice Evra.
The striker was eventually found guilty of using a racist term towards the Manchester United defender and banned for eight games.
But Dalglish has told Keys and Gray it was the players who made the call to warm-up in garments defending their team-mate.
He said: “I didn’t send them out in the T-shirts. The boys decided that themselves. You can’t tell me they would have done that if they didn’t believe in him and didn’t have respect for him. It might not have been right, but it wasn’t me that decided it.
“A lot of things are misinterpreted and misrepresented. I was brought up to be respectful and tell the truth, and what I believed to be the truth is what I said. I can’t be any different in that.”
He does admit, however, that if the situation presented itself again, he would handle things differently.
“I would do things differently,” he added. “I would be less helpful and less forthcoming and that’s sad. There’s no place for racism in football in any way, shape or form."