Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Suarez should have seen red - Moyes

Luis Suarez, on floor, celebrates Liverpool's first goal by diving in front of Everton manager David Moyes
Luis Suarez, on floor, celebrates Liverpool's first goal by diving in front of Everton manager David Moyes

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was once again the major talking point after the 219th Merseyside derby ended in a controversial 2-2 draw.

The Uruguay international, whom Everton manager David Moyes claimed should have been sent off for a foul on Sylvain Distin, netted in added time only to be denied by an incorrect linesman's flag for offside. Suarez also celebrated Liverpool's opener by diving full-length in front of Moyes, who said prior to the match that the striker goes down too easily.

"I thought it was great. I actually quite liked that - it is the sort of thing I would have done had I scored," said Moyes of Suarez's celebration. "But I think he was a lucky man to stay on the pitch with his tackle. The one down the back of his (Distin's) leg - he's topped him, definitely."

In the second half Suarez was booked for standing on Distin's Achilles tendon after the ball had gone before being denied the dramatic winner.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, in his first Merseyside derby, disagreed that Suarez should have been red-carded.

"I didn't think it was a red card," he said. "Sometimes you get that with strikers, sometimes it is just a fraction and he is trying to time the ball as he's playing it."

The managers, however, were in agreement in relation to Suarez's disallowed goal.

"We're so disappointed that it didn't count because for me it's an easy decision," said Rodgers, who has regularly complained about his side not getting decisions from referees.

"I'm not going to keep going on about officials because it's been happening to us all season.

"The ball's in the air for a long time, the official's just looking across the line so he's clearly onside and when Coates heads it Luis is minimum level and it's a wonderful finish. He should have had a hat-trick and it would have been a brilliant win for us."

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