Liverpool striker Luis Suárez: I’m not worried by what people think

Liverpool striker Luis Suárez says he is "not worried" by what people have to say about him

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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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Luis Suárez has insisted he is “not worried” by what people have to say about him after the Liverpool striker netted his 11th Premier League goal of the season against Fulham.

The 24-year-old has been one of the most controversial figures in the English top flight since completing a £22.75m move to Anfield from Ajax in January 2011.

The Uruguay international was banned for eight games after the Football Association found him guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra last term.

Suárez has also been regularly criticised for diving since arriving in England, but the Reds forward does not care about his public image.

“I still sleep soundly every night,” he told the Mail on Sunday. “I’m not worried about everything people say. I don’t care what people outside Liverpool think.”

He added: “Sometimes you’re standing there and someone comes flying in, so you move your leg out of the way or you go to ground because you’re scared of getting hit,” he said. “If I leave my leg there so the referee can see it’s a foul, I risk suffering a big injury.

“That’s why sometimes your instinct tells you to go to ground. It’s a split-second instinct, not a conscious decision you make on the pitch. Of course, I don’t want people to go around saying ‘this guy just dives’.

“I’m trying to change and to avoid doing it because I know football is different here, and it’s helping me at the same time.

“I’ve discussed it with both managers I’ve played under here, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers. Kenny also used to tell me not to protest so much, that I should focus more on playing football, that I have a lot of qualities and so should forget about referees.

“And Brendan has also told me a few things to help me improve.”

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