Manchester United’s talisman Wayne Rooney is stoking the fire ahead of his side’s clash with Liverpool by claiming that Luis Suarez should have seen red last night.
With tensions already high between the two most successful clubs in England, and with Suarez and Patrice Evra set to meet for the first time since the Uruguayan was found guilty of racially abusing the Frenchman, Rooney’s comments seem a little ill-timed.
The United striker tweeted on Monday night: “If ref sees that kick from Suarez and books him for it should be red.”
The remark came following an incident in which the Uruguayan striker caught Scott Parker in the stomach with his boot, during Liverpool’s goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
A volley of criticism was, somewhat predictably, directed at Rooney on the social networking site and the England star reacted to defend his comments.
“For everyone saying about my aggression I aint had 1 yellow card in premier league this season,” he said.
Former United defender Gary Neville seemingly agreed with Rooney’s thoughts, saying on Sky Sports that Suarez had been ‘lucky’ to avoid a red card.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish refused to speak on either of the comments made.
"Why don't you tweet Wayne back?" he said when questioned about Neville’s and Rooney’s thoughts.
"I don't have a view on what they've tweeted, especially when I've not seen it.”
"If Gary Neville or Wayne were standing there and asked me the question I could answer them but I don't think you can speak for them. I think I'll just plead the Fifth Amendment."
Dalglish was delighted to be able to welcome back Suarez but insisted the striker has nothing to prove.
"Every game he plays he is determined to make an impact. He is just that kind of person,” he stated.
"When you see him getting on the ball, you always think he is going to do something that will be beneficial to the team. Other than that, I don't know what else I can say."
The Reds’ boss added that he felt that his side should not have been without the former Ajax player for such a long period.
"We don't think he should ever have been away but we are delighted to get him back," he added.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United host fierce rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford in a Barclays Premier League clash on Saturday. Kick-off 12:45pm.