Unsurprisingly, Jurgen Klopp has leapt to the defence of Mohamed Salah, following diving accusations made against the Liverpool forward.
Liverpool were handed a penalty in the 2-1 win over West Ham at the weekend, Salah being clipped by Hammers left-back Arthur Masuaku in the box, the Egyptian flinging himself to the floor, before stepping up and dispatching the resulting spot-kick.
The forward’s dramatic tumble has seen another raft of debate and conversations about diving in the game, the incident not being the first time that Salah has been accused of going down cheaply in the box.
However, speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League group game against Atalanta, Jurgen Klopp insisted that his forward had been fouled and even suggested that he had picked up a slight injury in the incident.
“What can I say? It was a foul,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference. “It was pretty much for everybody who saw the situation.
“Believe it or not, yesterday morning I spoke to Mo about how he feels and he has exactly three proper knocks on the foot – and one of them is from the penalty situation. That’s how it is.
“There’s a knock, then you go down or not, whatever; sometimes the refs whistle it. We don’t talk that long about penalties we don’t get, to be honest, in other games. But obviously now two days after the game we talk about that. And there was clear contact. W
“What can I say? No, I don’t understand the criticism.”