Jose Enrique goes on the defensive

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has defended team-mate Luis Suarez over claims that the South American is prone to diving, and has stated that some of Manchester United’s players are more guilty of the claims.

The Uruguay international has come in for criticism after his willingness to go to deck under challenge, and his over-reaction was a major reason for Jack Rodwell’s dismissal in the Merseyside derby earlier in the month.

Manchester United players were unhappy with the attacker’s conduct in their 1-1 draw at Anfield ten days ago, and Suarez had a frustrating afternoon against Norwich in another 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The ex-Ajax forward missed a number of goal-scoring opportunities and felt the Canaries defenders were heavy handed, without any punishment from the officials.

Despite this, the Spanish left-back feels the accusations of diving are unwarranted.

“Last week, Sir Alex defended his team because we played them. The truth is Luis is a really dangerous player and is a really nice guy. He doesn’t dive,” the former Newcastle star told Mirror Football.

“Some of the Manchester United players go down like they are diving into the swimming pool. They defend their team, we defend our team – that’s normal.

“When you lose two points at home, no-one is positive but Luis did really well [against Norwich]. He had a lot of chances and was just unlucky,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight