Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Owners to discuss Suarez - Rodgers

Luis Suarez is as the centre of another storm

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists no one is bigger than the club and Luis Suarez's biting incident will be discussed with the owners.

The Uruguay international scored in the seventh minute of added time against Chelsea - his 30th goal of the season - to snatch a 2-2 draw but his scoring exploits were overshadowed by what went before. In clashing with Branislav Ivanovic in the penalty area the striker bit the defender's arm.

"I hear all sorts of what has supposedly happened but I'll go away, review it and comment later," said Rodgers. "We'll go away and speak to them (owners Fenway Sports Group) afterwards and take it from there."

He added: "This is a club with incredible values and ethics here. As footballers, managers and staff we are representing this great club on and off the field.

"I will always speak openly and honestly about the players and protect them when I can and if I think they are wrong I will tell them - as I have already this season with Luis (when the striker admitted to diving).

"People have to accept it when they do wrong if that's what the case is. They have to accept the consequences accordingly. It's disappointing that we are not talking about the football."

Suarez's late goal spoiled what would have been a victorious return to Anfield, almost three years after he left the club, for Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez.

"I thought it was an emotional return," said the Spaniard, whose name was frequently chanted by fans who remember him fondly for the 2005 Champions League triumph.

"I was pleased with the reception of the fans and disappointed with the late goal conceded - especially as I couldn't understand why there were six minutes and 45 seconds (added on)."

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