Luis Suarez deserved to be sent off in yesterday’s Merseyside derby.

The Everton manager felt the Uruguayan should have been red carded following his challenge on Sylvain Distin midway through the second half, which was only warranted a yellow card by referee Andre Marriner:

“He was a very lucky man to stay on the pitch for his tackle; it’s over the top, down the back of the leg.”

Brendan Rodgers was of a differing opinion and believes that Suarez was just a little late in the challenge but nothing more.

“I didn’t think it was a red card, sometimes you get that with a striker, when they are just a fraction late. They are trying to time it just as they pass it.”

It was certainly an eventful afternoon for Liverpool’s No.7 who scored a goal, assisted in the other and then had a late winner incorrectly ruled out by the linesman – a decision that clearly frustrated Rodgers:

“Obviously we are bitterly disappointed,” Rodgers added. “It is an easy decision as well.

“I am not going to go on about officials because it has been happening to us all season.

“It is actually quite straightforward – it is a free-kick from deep, the ball is in the air for a long time and the official is looking across the line, so he is clearly onside.

“When Coates heads it back, Luis is minimum level and it is a wonderful finish. He should have had his goal – it would have been a brilliant win for us.

“We are frustrated but I am are very proud of my young team in a cauldron of an atmosphere against a very experienced team.”

 

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