Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: Luis Suárez facing a lose-lose situation

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Uruguay striker Luis Suárez is facing a lose-lose situation with referees

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Luis Suárez joined Liverpool in a £22.75m deal in January 2011 Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suárez is in a lose-lose situation with referees after the Liverpool striker was denied two penalties in the Premier League in recent weeks.

Suárez was booked for simulation in the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Sunderland despite what looked a legitimate penalty claim after a clumsy John O’Shea tackle.

Jonny Evans’ challenge on the Liverpool striker also escaped punishment on Sunday, before Antonio Valencia won a spot-kick for Manchester United after clashing with Glen Johnson.

And Rodgers admitted his frustration at the recent decisions of the officials ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Norwich on Saturday.

“The likes of Suárez have had a couple of good penalty appeals, he hasn’t dived, they have been legitimate, and he’s actually got booked,” said Rodgers.

“He went down at Sunderland and it looked a clear penalty and he ended up getting booked for it.

“Last weekend in the Manchester United game there was more contact in his case than there was in Antonio Valencia’s and Valencia gets a penalty and we get nothing other than a hard luck story.

“I’m not sure [Suárez’s reputation is influencing officials] you’d need to ask the referees but he is a wonderful talent and irrespective of whether he goes down if it’s a penalty, it’s a penalty.

“What I have seen, he certainly doesn’t ever look like he is going to get a decision and that is something which would bother me going forward.

“It would be a shame if players who respect the rules and managers who are asking players to stay on their feet and not dive are not getting the decisions because of it.

“I think it is important that referees understand that.

“It has been a criticism of the last few years of players going down too easy – it is not something we want to encourage but if you’re not going to get decisions because of it players may do that.”

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