Suarez has worst diving record in Premier League… and it could be costing Liverpool penalties
21:30 GMT, 29 September 2012
Liverpool have the worst record for diving in the Premier League – and it might be costing them legitimate penalties.
This week manager Brendan Rodgers claimed his players might have to go down more often to win kicks – but it may not do them much good.
Caught out: Luis Suarez has been cautioned three times for simulation, more than any other player
Luis Suarez (already booked for diving
once this season) was denied a clear penalty on Saturday when he was
hauled down in the area and should also have had one against Manchester
United after a Jonny Evans tackle.
Rodgers said: 'Of course it was a penalty. If Antonio Valencia's was a penalty last week, of course that was, but he doesn't always get given the decisions he deserves.'
There's a reason for that. Opta stats show Liverpool players have received six yellow cards for simulation since the start of last season – more than any other club and more than 25 per cent of the overall total shown.
Suarez – described by Sir Alex Ferguson last season as diving 'all over the place' – is the chief culprit, with three cautions, more than any other player.
The other side: Suarez bagged a hat-trick against Norwich as Liverpool won 5-2