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Rodgers: Referees tough on Liverpool

1 October 2012 18:30

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remains concerned about key decisions he feels have gone against his side this season.

Star forward Luis Suarez was controversially denied a penalty in Saturday's 5-2 win at Norwich, prompting Rodgers to express his frustrations.

"It was a stonewall penalty," he said.

"I feel for the guy - I have to be honest - I think everyone in the ground knew it was a penalty.

"If you look at Antonio Valencia last week, he got a penalty against us for barely any contact."

Rodgers said he feels Suarez is unfairly targeted by referees for diving.

"If Luis is a player that goes down, he would have gone down in the second half," Rodgers said.

"It was a great piece of skill and the defender caught him but he stayed on his feet."

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero recently claimed that local players receive preferential treatment ahead of foreigners, but Rodgers was not so damning.

"There is nothing that we can do - I know how difficult a referee's job is," Rodgers said.

"You never hear me killing referees and officials. I want my players to respect them and I look to respect them myself.

"Hopefully one day we'll get the decision but until that point we will continue to concentrate on our performance."

Liverpool host Udinese in the Europa League on Thursday before facing Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday.

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2 - 3

Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
4 October 2012
Game week
2
Kick-off
21:05
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 3
Venue
Anfield (Liverpool)
Attendance
40092

Goals

J. Shelvey 23'
(assist by S. Downing) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
46' A. Di Natale
 (assist by A. Lazzari)
1 - 2
70' S. Coates (OG)
1 - 3
72' G. Pasquale
 (assist by A. Di Natale)
L. Suárez 75'  
2 - 3

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
26 72'
5
17 66'
11
27
66 68'
6 90+1'
37
7
10 46'
Coach: F. Guidolin

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
7 75'
8
31
1
4
37
47
# Player Bookings
21
88
13
16
25
31
75

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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