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Kolo Toure. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Kolo Toure. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

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Kolo Toure. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan claims even Liverpool striker Luis Suarez did not know whether the American had fouled him after the Uruguayan won a point-saving penalty for his team at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard converted the spot-kick after goals from Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke put Villa in charge, with Daniel Sturridge's effort just before half-time offering the Reds hope.

Villa were unhappy with the penalty award by referee Jon Moss as they felt there was no contact on Suarez after he went past Guzan.

The goalkeeper said: "I asked (Suarez) – I was pretty confident in myself I hadn't touched him – 'Did I touch you?' and he said 'I don't know'.

"That is the honest truth of it. Sometimes they go for you, sometimes not.

"Obviously the referee has given it but at the time I thought I pulled my hands back and I don't think I made contact with him.

"I don't know if the referee can see that or not as I don't know his positioning. From my point of view it is probably a soft decision.

"I think Suarez was probably a bit surprised to have it given but those are the decisions and you have to get on with it and go again."

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson defended Suarez against any insinuation he had dived.

"It was a penalty. There is contact and it was a definite penalty," he said.

"It's too easy to point the finger at Luis sometimes. Because it's Luis Suarez people will say it's not a penalty but I've seen it again and the referee got it right."

Defender Kolo Toure (above) accepted the Merseysiders under-performed.

"We are still in the title race because every team can lose points," he said.

"For us, we just need to think about the next game 100 per cent, try to win and be positive. What we have done so far no-one was expecting at the start of the season.

"The first half was very hard but the reaction from the team was great after going 2-0 down to a good Villa side – last year they won (3-1) here and it wasn't easy for us."

Rodgers (below) said he was willing to take the blame after his attacking line-up backfired.

 

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He dropped defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva to accommodate Daniel Sturridge, making his first start since November 7 and, although the striker repaid him with a goal, Liverpool were already 2-0 down at that point.

The benefits brought by Sturridge's inclusion were offset by the absence of Lucas as Steven Gerrard struggled in the holding role.

Lucas was introduced at half-time, allowing Gerrard the freedom to move further forward and supply the pass which resulted in Suarez winning the penalty.

Gerrard converted from the penalty spot, but Liverpool could not force a winner as principal owner John W Henry, who was on a visit with chairman Tom Werner, looked on.


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