Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers lashes out at refs for seeing Luis Suarez as a diver
Brendan Rodgers fears Luis Suarez might have acquired a reputation for diving. The Liverpool manager struck out against referees for playing their hand in this unfortunate saga. Brendan Rodgers fears Luis Suarez would be labelled by this false image for the rest of his career.
Luis Suarez produced stunning form against Norwich City on Saturday. The Uruguay international scored a hat-trick and provided an assist as Liverpool went for a 5-2 victory at Carrow Road.
However, Liverpool’s glorious victory was marred by yet another refusal to penalty kick following a foul on Luis Suarez. Norwich City defender Leon Barnett clearly rammed his shoulder in Luis Suarez which brought down the forward in the box.
Liverpool players strongly protested in front of referee Mike Jones, but he did not budge from his initial decision. Last week, Luis Suarez was denied a penalty kick following a foul by Manchester United defender Jonny Evans. A week before that Luis Suarez was wrongly handed a yellow card for diving in a match against Sunderland.
“There is that fear,” Brendan Rodgers told reporters. “I could tell you about three or four strikers who go down in the box with very minimal contact, and all of them have had penalties this year.
“Everyone in the ground saw it was a penalty. Apart from the referee.”
Brendan Rodgers’ frustration with match officials reached its peak earlier this week, which prompted the former Swansea City manager to call the referees’ chief Mike Riley to complain about Liverpool not receiving the correct decisions.
The young manager admits he can do little to correct the situation, so he must not “worry too much about it”.
“I can't worry too much about it. It's something that hopefully the referees, when they analyze and assess their own performance, will have a look at.
“We just have to concentrate on building our game, developing our football, and hopefully these penalties that we don't get won't come back to haunt us.”
Brendan Rodgers understands that he should concentrate on keeping the goals flowing even though Liverpool is severely depleted strike-force. Liverpool has only one true striker at the moment it’s their coveted Uruguayan Luis Suarez.
Andy Carroll is sent away on loan while Fabio Borini and Rahim Sterling are playing more as wingers or forwards rather than strikers. Therefore, Brendan Rodgers will be keen on bringing new guns to Anfield during the winter transfer window.