Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been bullish in his response to criticisms thrown at him over diving by Stoke City.
Potters manager Tony Pulis was fuming after the 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday, claiming the Liverpool star dived in an attempt to win a penalty and break the deadlock.
Stoke winger Michael Kightly was another to comment on Suarez’s apparent simulation, but the Uruguay international claimed he was not in the least bit bothered by the criticisms and will carry on doing all he can to help Liverpool win.
“Any manager can say what he wants about me but it doesn’t affect me,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.
“Let them carry on talking. Meanwhile I will continue to play football and to concern myself with my team and with what I do — and nothing more.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been forced to defend his striker in the face of widespread criticism in the media over the past week, including from some Merseyside legends.
Rodgers claimed Suarez is vilified in England and that he is not receiving fair treatment from the media or referees – he even went so far as to say Liverpool were not getting penalty decisions because of the imbalanced coverage.
Suarez will have to put the furore behind him this weekend as he is in Argentina for a World Cup qualifier with the Uruguay national team and will need his wits about him to face the likes of Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and Sergio Aguero.