Gerrard defends Suarez reputation

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This follows another game when striker Luis Saurez was cautioned for simulation this weekend during the 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United. The Uruguayan also picked up a yellow card in the last game against Sunderland for a similar offence.

“I think even when Luis does get blatant penalties now he doesn't get them,” Gerrard says. “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.”

Right-back Glen Johnson sang a similar tune, saying: “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.”

The decision against Saurez was even tougher to swallow after United midfielder Antonio Valencia seemed to have dived to earn his team the match-winning penalty.

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