Luis Suarez has been Liverpool’s best players this season and he once again helped the team get at least a point from the recent match against Aston Villa. Despite being at Anfield, Liverpool were extremely poor in the first half. This allowed the away team to score 2 goals and take a commanding lead. However, Liverpool pulled one back just before half-time through goal from Daniel Sturridge. It gave the home team the necessary impetus to go on and equalise in the second half, but that equaliser came in controversial circumstances.
Luis Suarez was adjudged to have been fouled by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, which resulted in a penalty. Steven Gerrard, who was largely anonymous up until then, scored the goal and the match remained that way till the end. Guzan has now said that Liverpool did not deserve the penalty because Suarez took a dive. He has claimed that Suarez knows fact that the two players did not have any contact. It looked like a contentious decision immediately after the referee awarded a penalty.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, though, tended to disagree with the statement by saying that it was a clear penalty. Suarez has scored 20 league goals for Liverpool and he is one of the favourites to win the PFA player of the year award.
“I was pretty confident in myself that I hadn’t touched him so I said to him ‘did I touch you?’ He said ‘I don’t know.’ That’s the honest truth of it. Sometimes they go for you and sometimes they don’t. Unfortunately, for us it didn’t. I thought at the time that I’d pulled my hands back and, having seen it again on TV, I don’t think I made contact with him. Whether the referee saw that I’m not sure, I don’t know where his position was, but from my point of view it was a soft penalty,” said Guzan.