Liverpool star Luis Suarez is over racial and diving allegations
Liverpool’s notorious forward Luis Suarez claims he is unfazed by the scrutiny and criticism he has faced by media and public since he moved to Anfield last year. The Uruguayan international told reporters that he focuses on the opinions of his employers rather than getting disturbed by the opinions of his critics.
The 25-year-old striker has been in exceptional form for Liverpool this season. The former Ajax player scored his 11th goal of the season in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Fulham at Anfield on Saturday.
Luis Suarez found himself in a whirlpool of controversy in his first year at Liverpool. The racial abuse case against Manchester United defender Patrice Evra and the diving controversy have caused a lot of problems for Luis Suarez in recent months.
Nonetheless, Luis Suarez is good at discarding all of the negative publicity. Luis Suarez admits he had some problems in coping with the pressure in the beginning, but since then he only cares about what the Reds think.
“I still sleep soundly every night,” Luis Suarez told the Mail. “I'm not worried about everything people say. I don't care what people outside Liverpool think.”
Since the racial allegations upon him, Luis Suarez has maintained a think-skinned attitude towards his critics. However, the striker admits he has to rectify his reputation for diving. Luis Suarez has been denied seven potential penalties this season.
“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,” Luis Suarez 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.”