London: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Luis Suarez's reputation is being unfairly held against him after the striker was denied a penalty during his side's FA Cup defeat at Arsenal. Having earlier won a penalty that Steven Gerrard converted to bring Liverpool back into Sunday's game after Arsenal had gone 2-0 up, Suarez was clearly fouled by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. However, referee Howard Webb elected not to award a penalty, despite having had a clear view of the incident, and Arsenal held out for a 2-1 victory that set up a quarter-final tie at home to Everton.
Suarez has often been criticised for going to ground too easily during his time in England, but Rodgers believes that the Uruguayan's reputation should not have influenced Webb's decision. Citing an incident earlier in the season when Suarez had a penalty appeal turned down during a game at Chelsea, Rodgers said: "He's always asking questions of defenders, and quite a lot of the time he doesn't get what he deserves.
"The one at Chelsea was a clear penalty. He's got a penalty but should've deservedly had two penalties today (Sunday). And if it is a penalty he should have it, irrespective of what his reputation is.