Jurgen Klopp defends Mohamed Salah from ‘diver’ jibes as he reveals he has ‘a proper knock on his foot’ – after Tony Cascarino said Liverpool forward’s tumble for a penalty was ‘an insult to Nobby Stiles and the game he loved’
- Jurgen Klopp has defended Mohamed Salah over claims that he is a ‘diver’
- Salah was accused of diving to win a penalty in Liverpool’s victory v West Ham
- Klopp disclosed that Salah has ‘a proper knock on his foot’ after the challenge
- Tony Cascarino says Salah’s actions were an insult to England hero Nobby Stiles
Salah scored a penalty in the 42nd minute after he went down in the area following a challenge from West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku.
Although Salah has been accused of diving in some quarters, Klopp is adamant that his player didn’t cheat and revealed that he has ‘a proper knock on his foot’ as a result of Masuaku’s challenge.
Jurgen Klopp has defended Mohamed Salah amidst claims that he dived against West Ham
Klopp revealed that Salah has ‘a proper knock on his foot’ after Arthur Masuaku’s challenge
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Liverpool’s game against Atalanta, Klopp said: ‘No. I don’t know what people need. It was a foul. Everybody who saw the situation saw it.
‘Yesterday I spoke to Mo and he has exactly three knocks and one of them is from the penalty situation. He has a proper knock on his foot. We don’t talk that long about penalties we don’t get. There was clear contact, so I don’t understand.’
Former Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino was heavily critical of Salah, saying that the Liverpool player disrespected England legend Nobby Stiles with his actions.
Former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino says that Salah disrespected England hero Nobby Stiles
Stiles, part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning side, died the day before Liverpool’s game
Stiles, who was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning side, died the day before Liverpool’s game against West Ham.
‘I am a Liverpool supporter but I hated to see Mohamed Salah dive to win the penalty against West Ham,’ Cascarino wrote in The Times.
‘In the week when we lost Nobby Stiles, to see a player do what Salah did makes me think that the game as it was played by the England team of 1966 will be gone completely within the next 10 years.’
Cascarino believes that Stiles’ generation would have been deeply disappointed to see ‘cheating being rewarded’.
‘Imagine showing that generation an example of what they would have considered cheating being rewarded in that way.
‘The culture started to change during my playing career and now when I watch kids football they are all as good at diving as they are at everything else.
‘And when I say good at it, I mean they go down in a way that may deceive a referee into giving a free kick.’
Liverpool prevailed with a 2-1 win against West Ham, with Salah pulling them level after Pablo Fornals had put the visitors ahead. Diogo Jota scored the winner late on.