Klopp defends Salah: ‘All penalties against him were penalties’

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Mohamed Salah

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has defended his star forward Mohamed Salah, stating the Egyptian is not a diver. The German coach has also accused the English media of holding double standards over certain players, with Salah one of these players to be treated unfairly by the media.

Salah has been accused of diving in the past, but with two penalties against Newcastle United and Brighton Hove & Albion in recent weeks lit up the discussion once again. He then claimed a penalty against Crystal Palace, but it was waived away by the referee. Klopp admits there was no foul in the Palace game, but also said there are no reasons to warn his star forward about diving.

“This is the first situation where he went down without a penalty and you speak about all the other situations?” he told reporters. “The other situations there is nothing to talk about – it is a penalty, done. If this is the first then why do we talk about it? There are more obvious situations that we don’t talk about and nobody is talking about because it’s not City, United, Arsenal or Chelsea.”

“All the others can do it from time to time and nobody really talks about it,” the German added. “It’s all fine. All the penalties against him were penalties but people handle it like it was halfway diving – it was not. We don’t need blood for a foul in football. That’s all I will say about it. No, I didn’t speak to him about it.” Liverpool will host Leicester City on Wednesday and could move seven points clear after Manchester City lost 2-1 at Newcastle on Tuesday.

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