'I insist I don't dive in the penalty area', says Liverpool's new jewel Suarez
Liverpool's new crown jewel Luis Suarez has insisted that he is not the diver that the rest of the Premier League deem him to be.
Suarez, who has been compared to Lionel Messi by boss Brendan Rodgers, is blighted by his diving reputation, a stigma he says is driving him mad.
"I insist I don't dive in the penalty area. This is my career and the bad reputation created around me is unjust. If you analyse the statistics I am one of the forwards who receives the most fouls and free kicks," The Sun quoted Suarez, as saying.
"There always seems to be controversy surrounding me but I accept the referee's decisions - they are only human. I accept the criticism against me but many people attack me without reason. That doesn't please me but I try to do my best day by day," he added.
However, while Torres still struggles to reproduce his Anfield form, Suarez is enjoying his most prolific spell in English football with seven goals in the Premier League so far. But he downplayed the speculation and hype.
"Torres is highly regarded by Liverpool fans but I prefer not to draw comparisons between us because we are a different type of forward," he said.
"I am not envious of anything he did for Liverpool. Maybe we are similar in the way we battle against defenders and our passion is the same, but technically we are different," he added.