Rodgers: Trouble stalks Suarez

2013-01-07 08:45

Liverpool - Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers begrudgingly admits that if there's controversy, his star striker Luis Suarez is always in the thick of it.

Suarez was at the centre of events as the Reds survived a rocky ride at fifth-tier Mansfield Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, the Uruguay forward handling the ball in scoring what proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory.

Suarez has been no stranger to controversy since his arrival in England in January 2011 and Rodgers accepted it just had to be him again.

VIDEO: Highlights, Mansfield v Liverpool

"It always is, isn't it?," he told reporters.

"If it was someone else we probably wouldn't even be discussing it. Sometimes these sorts of things will follow players."

"That's part of his life. He deals with it remarkably well. He's got thick skin. He's had it throughout his life and his career in this country."

However, the Northern Irishman insisted that despite Suarez's bad reputation, people were beginning to appreciate his exceptional talent -- and they should enjoy it while it lasts.

"I think what people are starting to recognise now is the ability that the boy has," he said.

"He's had seven yellow cards this year but he hasn't warranted all seven.

"He's a wonderful professional. I think in this country we need to make sure we enjoy it while he's here because he's a brilliant talent and he's a good man as well.

"I obviously try and educate the players in every aspect of their lives and he's very receptive. He's someone who wants to come in every day and work."

Rodgers said that referee Andre Marriner clearly felt the handball was not deliberate and it was not down to Suarez to intervene.

"It's not his job to do that," he said. "I'm not sure what people want him to do in that situation. It's not actually up to him. That's the job of the officials."

Suarez's got his 19th goal of the season in the 59th minute at Field Mill, just five minutes after coming on as a substitute.

He replaced England striker Daniel Sturridge, who scored seven minutes into his Liverpool debut having made a 12 million ($19.3 million, 14.8 million euro) switch from European champions Chelsea.

Mansfield's top scorer Matt Green pulled one back in the 79th minute to ensure a thrilling finish.

Eighth-placed Liverpool's next match is at league leaders Manchester United, with Norwich at home and then Manchester City and Arsenal away -- matches which could prove crucial to the Reds' fortunes.

"They're tough games. We'll be in better condition for them than we were earlier in the season," Rodgers said.

"This is a team that's getting better every day. We're all really looking forward to the second part of the season. Our continuity and our game are getting better and the more we work with each other, the better we become."

Mansfield were relegated from the fourth-tier League Two in 2008 and after running Liverpool close, must now get back to the challenge of getting back into the Football League.

And for Stags manager Paul Cox - who got married on Friday and turned 41 on Sunday - the daily grind starts again when the players return to training on Tuesday.

"I'm gutted," he said. "This was a great day. The lads got something out of it - memories, dreams - but the bread and butter for us is league football and we'll come back down to Earth with a massive bump.

"We've got to be consistent now. If we do that, we'll be in amongst the pack going for promotion. That's our main aim."


  • - 2013-01-07 08:49

    Made your bed now sleep in it cheat aka Luis "goal keeper" Suarez.

  • chris.swart.12 - 2013-01-07 09:15

    Shame...poor Brendon Rogers...this man is so in denial...he and Suarez is a joke! The fact is that Suarez is a cheat, a big diver, a racist(it's been proven) and the dirtiest player in world football at the moment! LiverPOO is a spent force living on past glories!!!

      mbossenger - 2013-01-07 10:10

      I'm sure Wayne Rooney would have owned up to handball and asked the ref not to award the goal, him being such a saint and all. Yes, Suarez dives, but I seem to recall a player by the name of Nani playing for United; I also seem to recall he dives now and then. Also, if you read the FA report on the Suarez incident, it states he used a racist term, but the report also indicated he was not a racist. Finally - nobody who had Roy Keane playing for their team should accuse anyone of being a dirty player.

  • nervern - 2013-01-07 10:03

    The best player in the Premier league by far...!

      profLebza - 2013-01-07 11:59

      I know m a Man U fan but take nothing away from RvP Please, the guy is a genius, he's the 1 who deserves that sentiment.

      colingkearns - 2013-01-07 11:59

      Without a doubt one of the best, a difficult player to defend against, every other team wish they had him.

  • cry.mashiane - 2013-01-07 10:04

    Even stevie wonder saw that handball, don't know how the linesman could miss that. These officials should also receive retrospective punishment for giving such poor decisions, they're denting the image of the game!

  • dwala.emaweni - 2013-01-07 12:24

    i guess afta handling it,d guy should v stopped play,apologised and walked away. Dats d standard practice

      james.strawson.9 - 2013-01-07 13:39

      Its not up to the player at all, I dont know any player who would admit they are at fault in proffesional football, its the ref and linesmans call, if a player and team can get away with an infringement its good luck to them and sorry for the opposing team! Suarez is an exceeptional player and is always in the centre of the game play and thats the only reason hes blown so often! Mansfield played exceptional too, well done

      dave.e.richman - 2013-01-07 15:14

      So James, it has nothing at all to do with his biting, diving, cheating, ankle-breaking tackles, racist comments and generally appalling behaviour then? Thanks for clearing that up for us.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-07 18:19

      Suarez is white!

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2013-01-07 12:26

    Wow to all the man utd supporters who continue to call Saurez a cheat and all other things. Don't worry none of the man utd players do anything wrong they don't dive, don't use racist remarks, don't take drugs, don't sleep with prostitutes while been married, don't cheat on there wife with their brothers wife, don't kick spectators after been red carded no no they are all angels and they do nothing to bring the name of the game in disrespect. oh i forgot the captain who destroyed a players knee and his career. don't forget you have the best diving in the game pity he doesn't play for you any more. Saurez will continue to score goals and i am hoping he puts 8 past you this weekend at old trafford

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-07 16:42

      Robert have you ever been pregnant because you stand more chance than Seweragr scoring 8

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-07 18:17

      Robert you're the sore loser!!

      mahfooz.kivetts - 2013-01-07 21:53

      That's a gud one Robert. We'll beat man uth then they will still cry about everything, even after we beat them.

      mahfooz.kivetts - 2013-01-07 22:00

      Suarez is a threat to any team that's why they accuse him

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-07 18:14

    Is he a trouble maker or troubles stalks him?

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