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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers defends Luis Suarez and penalty shot

There was a bit of controversy in the draw between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez went down after an aggressive challenge from Villa keeper Brad Guzan who came far off his line to make a play. Some think Suarez dived or went down to easy, but he was given the penalty kick and Steven Gerrard buried it to tie the game.

Not so surprisingly, Suarez’s manager Brendan Rodgers thinks it was a penalty.

“I thought we should have had a penalty in the first half when [Leandro] Bacuna handles the ball,” Rodgers said, via ESPN FC. “The second I thought was a penalty. Luis has taken it up to the keeper and, once he has touched it around him, his body makes contact with Luis.”

Rodgers also said he expected Villa manager Paul Lambert to feel differently.

“Obviously from Paul’s perspective he will think it has been harsh.”

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