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EPL: Former Liverpool striker backs Mohamed Salah over diving criticism

Timothy Aiyeku

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Former Liverpool forward Peter Crouch has spoken against attacks on Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah on diving claims after the weekend win against West Ham United in the Premier League.

The Reds team came from one goal down to secure an ugly win against the London club with one of the goals scored from the spot. The former AS Roma forward had contact with Arthur Masuaku’s boot in the 42nd minute and the referee awarded a penalty after consulting the VAR.

Mohamed Salah has since been accused of diving after his contact with Arthur Masuaku. Prominent amongst those that went after the Egyptian international after the game are Liverpool legend Graeme Souness and West Ham United manager David Moyes.

Peter Crouch is of the opinion that they are wrong to have criticized the player, insisting that the contact deserves to be awarded a penalty.

“I do not think he dived but Salah made sure that Kevin Friend, the referee, knew there had been contact with Arthur Masuaku – and if there is contact then it is a penalty,

“You might not like the fact Salah went to ground or the fact he made the most of the challenge but the fact is, it was a foul.” he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

The former Liverpool striker noted that Mohamed Salah was only doing his job to help his team by falling at any deserved contact and it is the decision of the referee to decide if it worth’s a foul or not.

Also, Jurgen Klopp rose in defence of his player by stressing that Mohamed Salah did not dive and only reacted to the infringement against him.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah has been an important member of the Liverpool squad since he joined. The history of the Champions League and Premier League win by the Reds cannot be talked about without mentioning the Egyptian international.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.