Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson believes David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers must provide more guidance to their players.

Liverpool and Manchester United, who go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup tonight, have both had players grabbing the headlines for the wrong reasons in recent time, and Thompson has called upon their managers to lead them back into the right direction. 

Luis Suarez has been caught up in plenty of controversy on Merseyside - the Uraguayan international was banned for 10-games for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season. Suarez then demanded a transfer away from the Reds - but eventually stayed at Anfield.

As for United, their winger Ashley Young has been heavily criticised for diving in recent weeks and Thompson believes the managers must step in. 

Speaking to reporters, the Liverpool legend said: I think players everywhere need help and it's down to THE managers.

"In terms of diving Luis needed to be told and he got his act into gear last season with that.

"That was before the Ivanovic incident, anyway.

"The same goes for the likes of Ashley Young too, who's been involved with diving, or simulation as it's called.

"It's down to managers to tell them what's right and what's wrong."

Suarez looks set to return from his 10-game ban as the two side's meet at Old Trafford this evening.

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