Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard, believes that team-mate Luis Suarez's reputation precedes him and, as such, will struggle to get decisions given his way this season.
It is a well known fact in the Premier League that Suarez is a serial diver and it appears that the referees are aware of his reputaion too. Gerrard referred to a key moment during Sunday's derby with Manchester United where Suarez looked to be tripped by Jonny Evans in the box only for the referee, Mark Halsey, to repel appeals for a penalty.
Suarez was booked for simulation against Sunderland last weekend and his tendecy to go down at the slightest touch, and in dramatic fashion too, means that referees will think differently when it comes to the Uruguayan and a penalty decision.
Perhaps this is a little unfair, especially if a referee decides not to award a penalty based on the player and not the foul, but this is Suarez's own fault as he has developed a reputation as a diver and, unfortunately, it will stick with him for as long as he stays in the Premier League.
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