Danny Murphy, Martin Keown debate Salah’s ‘dive’ against Chelsea
Former Liverpool captain Danny Murphy has stressed that he hopes to not see Mohamed Salah throwing himself inside the box again, while former Arsenal defender Martin Keown assures the Egyptian was clipped by Chelsea defender David Luiz.
Salah scored a sensational goal from 25 yards out to secure a 2-0 win for his side against Chelsea at Anfield to return top of the Premier League table.
In the first half, Salah went down after a challenge from Chelsea defender David Luiz inside the box. Referee Michael Oliver waved away claims of a penalty and gave a goal kick.
“Do you know what, I don’t like seeing this at all. And whether there’s a slight touch or not, it doesn’t bother me, because he shouldn’t go down the way he does,” Murphy said.
“You can talk about whether it should be a booking or whether it shouldn’t and ’he’s entitled to go down because he got a touch. He’s thrown himself to the ground ridiculously, I don’t want to see it from him, I don’t want to see it from anyone, not just him.
“What you don’t want to do is start losing your best player for things like that, that’s all. But it’s not about Salah, it’s about any player. We don’t want to see that anymore.”
In spite of Murphy’s assertion that Salah dived, the former Gunners defender saw that the 26-year-old was genuinely tackled by Luiz.
“Danny he’s kicked him, he’s definitely kicked him. Okay he gets an Oscar for the dive, but I’m saying to David Luiz ‘what are you doing there?’ if I’m working with him as a defender,” Keown argued.
“Show him the line, don’t put your foot in, and he was caught, he was definitely caught. He shouldn’t be diving to the extent he did but he was kicked. Was he kicked or not was the question and he was kicked.”
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