Newcastle legend Shearer insists Liverpool's Suarez did not dive

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes Liverpool striker Luis Suarez deserved his penalty for their 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes Liverpool striker Luis Suarez deserved his penalty for their 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.

Suarez was adjudged to have been fouled by keeper Brad Guzan and Steven Gerrard stepped up to earn the Anfield side a 2-2 draw.

"I think it is a penalty," Shearer said. "I think you've got to give the benefit of the doubt to Suarez there. I know he's gone down too easy at times.

"If Guzan's going to be silly enough to come rushing out like that on a wet pitch, sliding out. What is Suarez expected to do here? Is he meant to jump over him and get out of the way and hurdle out of the way, so he doesn't make contact with him?

"Part of a forward's job is when you're racing towards the ball with a goalkeeper, part of your job is to try and get there first and toe poke the ball past him. Then the keeper's got a problem. Because once the keeper goes down, he's not in control of his body.

"If the keeper's going to be that stupid to come running out at that pace when he can't control himself. He's asking for trouble. He's asking problems. Suarez can't be expected to jump over him then just because he's come running out at his feet."

 
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