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Rodgers outlines issues with referees

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Brendan Rodgers has spoken to referee's chief, Mike Riley, about some of the decisions his team have been subject to so far this season.

Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson have spoken in Luis Suarez's favour, suggesting their South American teammate is failing to get fair decisions over fouls as a result of his reputation for going down easily under challenge.

Jonjo Shelvey received a red card against Manchester United on Sunday. That punishment came after a 50/50 challenge to which he did not appear to make the ugliest contribution.

Yet these are not the only decisions which have caused the Liverpool boss concern.

"The opening period of this season, we haven't had any rub of the green whatsoever from officials," he told Sky Sports

"I rang Mike Riley this morning. I think he was actually expecting me to comment a bit earlier.

"I just said to Mike, we have to be careful that we don't discourage people and players who are trying to respect the game. We want to win the game but we want to win it by fair means."

He added: "The players have been outstanding in their work. But us being a sporting team and going by the letters of the law and the rules, it just seems to pass us by in terms of decisions.

"We've had a few sendings-off, a few penalties given against us and absolutely nothing that we've been given at all."

"So I hope that changes. Injuries and what-not, you can't control those sorts of things, but certainly decisions you'd hope we get better decisions in the next coming weeks.

"That's the thing I'll certainly be looking for over the next number of weeks, is a wee bit of good fortune in terms of some of the decisions that we've got."

Pinpointing incidents from Wednesday eveing's Capital One Cup win over West Bromwich Albion Rodgers continued: "Jordan Henderson had a horrendous challenge in the game last night and the player wasn't even booked.

"One of my young players, Andre Wisdom made a really good tackle, and won the ball and got booked for it. There's been a number of incidents."




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