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Dec 23, 2012

Suarez: Criticism doesn't bother me

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez claims he has not been fazed by the public scrutiny he has faced since moving to Anfield, insisting he does not focus on the opinions of anyone other than his employers.

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Suarez, 25, scored his 11th goal of the season in Liverpool's 4-0 win over Fulham at Anfield on Saturday and he is happy to let his football do the talking.

The Uruguay international faced a barrage of criticism after the alleged racial abuse case with Manchester United's Patrice Evra and many believe diving has become a key component of his playing style.

But Suarez is content with the progress he has made at Liverpool and often shrugs off any negative publicity.

"I still sleep soundly every night," he told the Mail. "I'm not worried about everything people say. I don't care what people outside Liverpool think."

Although his thick-skinned attitude has allowed him to focus on football, Suarez admits he is attempting to rectify his reputation for diving.

"Sometimes you're standing there and someone comes flying in, so you move your leg out of the way or you go to ground because you're scared of getting hit," he said. "If I leave my leg there so the referee can see it's a foul, I risk suffering a big injury.

"That's why sometimes your instinct tells you to go to ground. It's a split-second instinct, not a conscious decision you make on the pitch. Of course, I don't want people to go around saying 'this guy just dives'.

"I'm trying to change and to avoid doing it because I know football is different here, and it's helping me at the same time.

"I've discussed it with both managers I've played under here, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers. Kenny also used to tell me not to protest so much, that I should focus more on playing football, that I have a lot of qualities and so should forget about referees. And Brendan has also told me a few things to help me improve."

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