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The Liverpool boss has come out in support of his controversial Uruguayan forward who has seen a number of penalty appeals turned down by referees this season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists that Luis Suarez has earned an unfair reputation as a diver after the Liverpool striker was denied another clear-cut penalty during Saturday's 5-2 victory over Norwich.

Suarez followed up lasts season's hat-trick at Carrow Road with another superb three-goal haul to hand Rodgers his first Premier League win in charge of the Merseyside club.

Despite the uplifting nature of Liverpool's performance and the resultant three points, Rodgers was still upset at the treatment of his star striker, who has already been booked this season for simulation, when he failed to win a spot kick after he appeared to have been felled by Leon Barnett

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Rodgers told Sky Sports: "He’s a wonderful talent and I’m fortunate today because he should've had a penalty but he doesn't get anything in games.

"It’s unfortunate because he’s a real good guy. Overall the team was very good but I’m not surprised because they’ve been playing well just not getting the results.

"There’s no doubt he doesn’t get the verdicts in the games that he should get. If Valencia’s is a penalty last week with barely any contact then surely Luis Suarez’s is today.

"But we didn't get it, I thought the referee had a good game but overall the performance and the goals were superb. And right to the very end I thought our work rate and intensity was very good. So a good day all round."

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hailed the Uruguayan forward as a "magician" following consecutive hat-trick displays at Carrow Road in the last two seasons: "Luis has had two fantastic days at Norwich, he's a magician when he's on it and he certainly was today," he told the club's website.

"He scored three, but could have easily have had five or six goals himself out there and should have had a penalty - that's how good his performance was."

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