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Trouble stalks Luis Suarez, says Liverpool boss

Published on Jan 7, 2013 9:03 AM
A steward prevents a Mansfield Town supporter from reaching Liverpool's Luis Suarez (right) during their FA Cup third round soccer match at Field Mill in Mansfield, central England, Jan 6, 2013. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

MANSFIELD, United Kingdom (AFP) - Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers begrudgingly admits that if there's controversy, his star striker Luis Suarez is always in the thick of it.

Suarez was at the centre of events as the Reds survived a rocky ride at fifth-tier Mansfield Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, the Uruguay forward handling the ball in scoring what proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory.

Suarez has been no stranger to controversy since his arrival in England in January 2011 and Rodgers accepted it just had to be him again. "It always is, isn't it?," he told reporters.

"If it was someone else we probably wouldn't even be discussing it. Sometimes these sorts of things will follow players. That's part of his life. He deals with it remarkably well. He's got thick skin. He's had it throughout his life and his career in this country."

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