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Liverpool star striker slammed for Stoke display

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Stoke City winger Michael Kightly has criticised Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for taking a dive during their Premier League encounter last weekend.

The Uruguayan striker went down theatrically in the penalty area, looking for a spot-kick, but the referee waved play on. Suarez was not booked either.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis heavily criticised the Liverpool forward for the shameless attempt to win the penalty, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was quick to defend his striker, insisting the criticism of Suarez is unfair.

But Pulis was not the only Stoke employee to get hot under the collar because of Suarez's theatrics.

After the match, and reported by the Daily Mirror, Kightly raged: "When you get a little touch and he is screaming like he has broken his leg, you do think 'is he hurt?'

"But nine times out of 10, he's not. It is something we are trying to get out of the game. Referees have to try to stamp down on it.

"There is a difference between winning a penalty and just diving.

"Sometimes players know a tackle is coming in and ride it and go down. That's good play, winning a penalty.

"But sometimes, when you just dive with no touch at all, that's not good for the game."

The match ended 0-0 at Anfield and Brendan Rodgers continues to look for his first Premier League win at home since becoming Liverpool boss.

Suarez was a threat throughout for the Reds, but Liverpool could not force their way through and had to settle for a point. But Suarez has been in good form so far this season, with five Premier League goals to his name already.

The Uruguayan striker has been a lightning rod for criticism this season, with more attention than ever before on diving, and the Liverpool forward is viewed, whether fairly or unfairly, as one of the worst culprits.

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Stoke City
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