Liverpool stars have hit out at officials for putting Luis Suarez’s reputation for diving before what is in front of their very eyes. Under the spotlight: Luis Suarez of Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images) The Uruguayan has been widely criticised for simulation since arriving from Ajax back in 2011, but his Reds team-mates now feel his reputation is going before him and costing them vital points in the Premier League. Suarez was denied what looked like a penalty in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has called on referees to put any preconceptions about the striker behind them, and start dishing out spot-kicks. ‘I think even when Luis does get blatant penalties now he doesn’t get them,’ Gerrard said. Tumble: Suarez falls theatrically under the challenge of Evans (Picture: EPA) ‘It is down to referees to not judge him and give what they see – if it’s not a penalty don’t give him one but if it’s clear give it. ‘He was booked at Sunderland but against United it was a penalty.’ Johnson echoed the sentiments of his captain by adding: ‘Everyone has to do their job: they have to forget about who they are looking at and make their decisions and not let anything from the past affect their decision. ‘They have to call the shots at the time, regardless of who it is.’
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