Liverpool players may be forced into diving, says Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has suggested that his Liverpool players will have to start diving in order to get decisions from referees to go in their favour, the Guardian has reported.

The former Swansea City manager complained to referees’ chief Mike Riley that decisions were consistently going against his side, and added in a press conference that he feels Liverpool players are being punished for their honesty.

Rodgers said: “We like to think we are a sporting team, I have always told my players to do the right thing, not to dive, to play fair. But the fairness we show, it seems the decisions pass us by because of it. There are so many decisions that have gone against us.

The Northern Irishman added that he did not complain after the Manchester United defeat – where Robin van Persie scored the winning goal with a controversial penalty, while Luis Suarez was denied a spot kick of his own – but it was the victory over West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup that proved the final straw.

Rodgers was angered that a Youssouf Mulumbu escaped sanction for a late tackle on midfielder Jordan Henderson while young Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom was shown a yellow card for a challenge that Rodgers believed to be fair.

It has been suggested that Liverpool and, in particular, Suarez, are paying for the reputation of the Uruguayan but Rodgers was reluctant to comment, saying only that regardless of Suarez’s reputation, a penalty should still be a penalty.

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