Suarez should have been sent off for foul: Moyes

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard fires a shot at goal as Everton's Marouane Fellaini watches on. Picture / AP

Everton manager David Moyes felt Luis Suarez should have been sent off even before the Liverpool striker's last-gasp effort was ruled out for offside in yesterday's Merseyside derby.

Once again the Uruguayan took all of the attention at Goodison Park, causing Leighton Baines to put his cross-shot into the net in the early stages and then celebrating by diving at the feet of Moyes.

Before the match, the Everton coach had expressed his opinion that Suarez goes down too easily and that diving is driving supporters away from the game.

Suarez also managed a second goal himself but after Everton pulled it back to 2-2, the former Ajax player had an effort incorrectly cancelled out for offside deep into injury time.

But although Moyes had no problem with Suarez's potentially provocative celebration, he said the striker should have been sent off for a challenge on Sylvain Distin, for which he received a booking.

On the celebration, Moyes said: "I thought it was great. I actually quite liked that and it's the sort of thing I'd have done if I'd have scored, but I've got to say he was a very lucky man to stay on the pitch for his tackle."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt victory against the Reds' bitter rivals would have been a significant indication of his team's development.

Liverpool remain six points behind Everton and have managed only two Premier League wins all season.

But Rodgers believes his side are making more and more progress with each week that passes.

They host his former club Swansea City in the League Cup on Thursday.

- AFP

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