Liverpool boss Rodgers fears Suarez reputation will continue

Brendan Rodgers is concerned that Luis Suarez will always have a reputation for going to ground easily after the Liverpool striker was denied what replays showed to be a penalty against Norwich City, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Referee Mike Jones declined to award a spot kick to Suarez despite a clumsy challenge from Canaries defender Leon Barnett, which the Mirror claims contained four separate fouls on the Uruguayan international. The newspaper added that Barnett struck Suarez with his knee, shoved him in the back, used his elbow on Suarez’s head and then fell on Suarez as they both tumbled to the floor.

Liverpool were a goal ahead at the time – through Suarez – and went on to win the match 5-3 thanks to a Suarez hat-trick and goals from Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard, with Suarez creating Sahin’s strike. It was Suarez’s second hat-trick at Carrow Road in little over six months.

Rodgers admitted he was afraid Suarez’s reputation, which the manager deemed unfair, was costing him legitimate penalties. He said: “I could name three or four strikers who go down in the box with very minimal contact, and all of them have had penalties this year.

Hopefully it’s something the referees, when they assess and analyse their own performances, which will make them look at it. We can only concentrate on developing our football and hopefully these penalties we don’t get will not come back to haunt us.

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