Liverpool’s Mo Salah is once again on the receiving end on the sort of accusations of diving which many believe led to him deactivating his social media accounts last week after he came together with Leicester’s Harry Maguire in the Anfield penalty area tonight.
The Egyptian’s manager Jurgen Klopp publicly defended him against these exact sort of accusations earlier this week. He did, however, admit that his player went down lightly under a challenge from Mamadou Sakho in the Reds' victory over Crystal Palace in their last Premier League match.
“If this is the first situation where he went down without [a penalty] and you speak about all the other situations as well when 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?” the German asked.
“Did anyone talk to Jamie Vardy when, I forget the opponent [Southampton],
"Everybody saw. You remember the situation? That was a proper – he jumped in. Is Jamie a bad person because of that? I don’t say now he is a diver. That is another situation.
“All the penalties against him [Salah] 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.”
Needless to say Klopp will probably still be asked to chew over this latest bit of nothingness at length in his next presser.