Former striker Andy Gray worried about Salah earning a diving reputation
The young winger earned and scored a penalty kick in Liverpool’s first win this year after the team struggled in their first two games against Manchester City in the league and Wolves in the FA Cup.
The Egyptian has been recently accused of diving in the box, especially after his side’s win over Newcastle on Boxing Day, with former Premier League referee Mark Halsey claiming that Salah should receive a two-game ban and Burnley boss Sean Dyche slamming the English FA for not banning him.
“I think that’s a generous, generous, decision from the referee,” Gray told beIn Sports. “I think Pascal Gross has a little grasp of his shirt for about a second, grabs it for a second, releases it, then Salah has a swing at it, leans slightly back, misses the ball, continues to fall as a natural movement.”
In response to a question from host Richard Keys to Gray about whether Salah is in danger of earning a reputation for diving or not, Gray said:
“I think he’ll have to be careful Mo Salah.
“I can’t believe that a manager who’s going in on a big game – I don’t know Liverpool’s next big game – but who goes into a big game will not remind coaches, or won’t say publicly, I’m a little concerned how easily Mo Salah is going to ground these days – particularly in the penalty area.”
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