Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defends Luis Suarez against allegations of diving
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defended Luis Suarez against accusations of diving from Stoke City manager Tony Pulis. The Anfield boss told BBC Sport he hadn’t witnessed the incident from a clear angle yet, but he was sure Luis Suarez’s critics wouldn’t waste this opportunity to lambast at him.
“I haven't seen the incident so I can't really comment on it, but whatever Luis does there will always be a problem, whether it's media, referees or whatever,” Brendan Rodgers said.
“It gets brought up every week, it's something that is not new. I thought he was terrific today, some of his movement and combinations.”
Well, Brendan Rodgers was right. A new storm has risen up against the 25-year-old Uruguay international. Truth be told, Luis Suarez is partially responsible for damaging his reputation as a clean striker.
Last season Luis Suarez made a couple of controversial appeals for penalties. This season he has been spotted diving recklessly a couple of times already.
Last week, Brendan Rodgers complained to the Football Association about referees making biased decision against Luis Suarez. Well, the manager had a point. Liverpool could have won against Manchester United had the referee given two clear penalties. A similar saga can be narrated for Liverpool’s trip to Carrow Road last week.
Brendan Rodgers admits he is frusterated by recent results, but he is also impressed with the efforts his men are putting in. The Merseyside chief also said that Liverpool had to stand up to the physical challenges from Stoke City.
“No, they are a bunch of big men who make it difficult for you and there is no right or wrong way to play football. What I was proud of is our young guys stood up to that,” Brendan Rodgers said.
In spite of his claims, Brendan Rodgers confessed he could not complain about the physical aspects of the game.
“It was a physical game today but no complaints from us. I thought maybe the referee didn't see it that way and didn't give some decisions he should have done,” he added.
Liverpool is still winless at Anfield this season. They have only managed pick a win from the first seven games of the season. Nonetheless, Brendan Rodgers is satisfied with the progress his players are making.
“I am obviously disappointed we didn't win the game but I thought the attitude and application of the players was terrific,” Brendan Rodgers said. “As the game on we got into good areas but it was just that final touch, that final decision at the end of it didn't allow us to score.”
“There were a lot of real positives from the game and our first clean sheet which is important. We had so much dominance, particularly second half, so I was pleased with how we kept going.”