Lucas: Don't drive Suarez out

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva hopes Luis Suarez's detractors don't drive him out of English football.

Last Updated: 13/01/13 at 16:46 Post Comment

Luis Suarez: Deserves more credit, says Liverpool team-mate Lucas Leiva

Luis Suarez: Deserves more credit, says Liverpool team-mate Lucas Leiva

The Uruguayan striker, 25, was embroiled in controversy in 2011 with the infamous race row involving Patrice Evra and is continually accused of diving - making him a regular target for boo-boys.

Suarez has even won enemies in non-league football having ousted Mansfield from the FA Cup courtesy of a goal before which he handled the ball, but Reds team-mate Leiva is hoping he can shrug off the criticism.

Leiva told the Daily Star: "It doesn't seem to worry him too much. I think if he was worried it would have affected his performances on the pitch. If in the future he will get tired of it, we don't know.

"We hope he doesn't and people will start to give him some credit. At the moment we can see he's very happy. He's enjoying his football here.

"It could be too much for him but it could as well be a motivation just to keep going. That's the strong character that he has. And maybe instead of being a negative thing it could be a positive one

"A lot of players like to go and get boos and that gives them an extra incentive. I don't know how Luis feels - but it doesn't seem to bother him too much.

"So we hope he keeps playing well and stays at Liverpool because he's a special player and an important one for the future. I just think he copes very well with that.

"If people still criticise him and he keeps scoring goals I don't think he will be too worried about it."

Footer 365

New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has vowed to build on the success of predecessor Louis van Gaal

Guus Hiddink vows to build on success of predecessor Louis van Gaal

Leeds win High Court ruling but claim police still owe them more than £800,000

Leeds United have been paid £1.2m after the High Court ruled that they had been overcharged for policing at home games.

Premier League: Jordan Henderson looking to raise game for Liverpool and England

Jordan Henderson is aware that he needs to 'step up' for Liverpool and England following the departures of key men.

Mail Box

Are Villa Fans The Lowest Of Them All?

With the possible exception of Blackpool, are any club's fans feeling any more depressed about the start of the season than Villa? We also have a bizarre suggestion and...

How Can Tim Sherwood Be Out Of Work?

Don't peple know his PPG was THE BEST EVER FOR A SPURS MANAGER? We also have mails on Luis Suarez, the new fashion for 3-5-2 and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property