What they said about Luis Suarez before he admitted to diving
IS Liverpool’s charmless and talented Luis Suraez a cheat? Says Luis Saurez:
“I was accused of falling inside the box in a match and it’s true I did it that time, because we were drawing against Stoke at home and we needed anything to win it. But after that everybody jumped up to talk – the Stoke coach and the Everton coach … I understood that the name Suarez sells newspapers…
“The media make up a lot of things about me because they want to sell papers. I say to the media: You should talk more about football, not about other stuff.
He does sell papers. Tomorrow he will shift lots because the back pages will all be about Suarez admitting to cheating. Will his candidness cause problems in the future? Let’s see what opther have said in the past about Loverly Luis:
Liverpool player Jose Enrique: “The truth is Luis is a really dangerous player and is a really nice guy. He doesn’t dive.”
Kenny Dalglish (speaking as the Liverpool manager): “That just emphasises what we say about the wee man. He had the opportunity to stay on his feet (and did).”
John Barnes (former Liverpool player): “Suarez twists and turns more than anyone I’ve ever seen in the world and as a result of that he falls over and slips a lot.”
Luis Suarez: “I don’t trick anybody. I have never been a diver – only a forward who receives so many fouls. The Premier League is more exciting than anywhere else I have played and it’s always a battle because it is so physical.”
Luis Suarez: “It’s a split-second instinct, not a conscious decision you make on the pitch. Of course, I don’t want people to go around saying ‘this guy just dives.”
Luis Suarez: “I insist I don’t dive in the penalty area. This is my career and the bad reputation created around me is unjust.”
Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool boss): However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted Suarez was suffering for an unfair reputation given to him by rival managers and the media. “It gets brought up every week, it’s something that is not new. I thought he was terrific today,” Rodgers said.
And the person who really get Suarez:
Ron Jans signed the 19-year-old Suárez for the Groningen club he coached in Holland:
“I think he is one of the players who make people want to go and watch a football match. He is a real winner, and while he sometimes does things I wouldn’t do to win a game, and I hope Luis himself realizes that sometimes it is too much, everything he does is geared toward winning.
“Perhaps I cannot judge Luis objectively, because I know him as not only a great player — the best I have worked with — but also as a great person. I saw the dive he did in front of the manager from Everton and I thought, ‘This is great,’ because when you are criticized in the press, the best way to react is with a goal and with humor.”
He’s right. It’s all about entertainment. And Suarez is entertaining…