Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Luis Suarez to change his ways, as he looks to impose a new philosophy at the club.
The Uruguayan confessed to diving in a Premier League game in a bid to win his side a penalty, but believes that the media is treating him unfairly.
Rodgers revealed that he has had a chat with his star striker, and calmly warned him to alter his actions on the field of play:
“We have a philosophy here – the team always going into every game looking to win in the best possible way and sporting manner and we don’t want that to change,” he is quoted by The Mirror.
“I sat down with Luis and talked to him. He knows how I feel and what we are trying to do. This is a big club, bigger than anyone, and whatever people say goes around the world. He accepts that and understands now.
“Anything detrimental towards the club and the group we have here is not something I take lightly.”
Suarez has gained quite a reputation since his 2011 arrival in England, with his questionable temperament and style of play earning him headlines almost as regularly as his individual ability.
He received a lengthy ban last term for racially abusing Patrice Evra and was further punished for an offensive gesture targeted at Fulham fans at Craven Cottage.
As well as this he has been criticised for a willingness to go to ground in a bid to win free-kicks and penalties,
Rodgers did defend the 25-year-old, suggesting that he gets treated unfairly due by officials:
“He feels he gets harsh treatment and I understand that issues which may get laughed off if it’s a British player can be seen more cynically from European or South Amercian players.”
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