Liverpool’s Luis Suárez ‘not worried’ about latest diving storm
Luis Suárez insists he is unconcerned about the controversy that followed Liverpool's clash with Stoke City on Sunday
Luis Suárez insists he is “not worried” about the latest wave of diving allegations aimed at him following Liverpool’s goalless draw with Stoke City on Sunday.
Suárez was widely criticised for going down theatrically in the penalty area against the Potters, leading to Stoke boss Tony Pulis calling for a three-game ban for players who dive.
But Suárez, who has been no stranger to controversy since arriving in England from Ajax in January 2011, insists he is not worried by the furore surrounding Sunday’s game and insists his only concern is that he has the support of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
“Everyone should focus on their own team,” Suárez told Ovacion. “Those who want to talk can do so, I am not worried about what they say.
“They can keep talking and in the meantime I will keep on playing football and taking care of my team and what I do. Nothing else matters.
“The support of the coach [Brendan Rodgers] is very important to me and that’s what I really care about.”
Liverpool boss Rodgers leapt to the defence of Suárez following the reaction to Sunday’s game, questioning why the focus was not on an apparent stamp on the Uruguay striker by Robert Huth early in the match.
Rodgers said: “I find it incredible that in nearly all the coverage about Luis Suárez this weekend, very little focus has been placed on the fact that he was actually the victim of a stamping incident within the first five minutes of the game.
“At this moment there seems to be one set of rules for Luis and another set for everyone else.
“Diving and simulation is obviously a wider issue in football and one that we all agree has to be eradicated from our game but there were other incidents this weekend that didn’t seem to generate the same coverage.”