Brendan Rodgers Angry Over Suarez’s Career in Danger

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers accused Everton winger Kevin Mirallas of putting Luis Suarez’s career in danger with a studs-up challenge that set the tone for a classic Mersyside derby.

Suarez was left rolling around the Goodison Park turf in agony after the Belgian’s reckless 33rd-minute ­knee-high lunge left him with a ­laceration to his right knee.

Referee Phil Dowd only deemed the offence worthy of a yellow card – and Kop boss Rodgers was in no doubt that the Staffordshire official had got it wrong.

“I thought Mirallas should have been sent off,” said Rodgers.

“It would have been interesting to see what the referee would have done if it had been Luis making that kind of challenge.

“Mirallas looks an honest player and sometimes attackers make challenges that are poor.

“That was a really bad challenge. If you look at it in slow motion, you see Mirallas catches Luis on the back of his knee.

“That can end your career. Jumping in like that was awful. It was a nasty challenge.

“You don’t see Luis staying down very often, so I knew it was bad.

“It took him 15 minutes to run the injury off, but he has shown again that he is a player who goes right to the limit in every game.”

Liverpool led twice through Philippe Coutinho and Suarez, only to be dragged back by goals from Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku then gave Everton the lead eight minutes from time, only for substitute Daniel Sturridge to rescue the Reds in the 89th minute.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez admitted he could understand Rodgers’ anger.

“I can see why Brendan thought it was a red card. I’ve seen the replay and Kevin catches Suarez,” said Martinez, who became a dad for the first time on Thursday after baby Luella’s birth.

“I don’t think it was a red card because it wasn’t malicious. If it had been against my team, I would have been thinking it could have been red, but Kevin tried to win the ball and just got there late.

“Bearing in mind the emotions you bring into a derby, I think the referee made the right decision.”

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