Mohamed Salah produces embarrassing dive to try and win a penalty vs Crystal Palace

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Mohamed Salah is building a bad reputation for diving in the Premier League.

On a number of occasions this season the Egyptian has gone down far too easily to win important free-kicks and penalties for Liverpool.

One incident that sticks in the memory came during a 4-0 win against Newcastle, where Salah went to ground in the box under the lightest of touches from full-back Paul Dummett.

Salah converted the resulting penalty to give Liverpool a comfortable 2-0 lead, yet it shouldn't really have been a foul at all.

One football fan even created a Twitter thread recently showing Salah 'acting like he's been shot' to try and fool referees, which you can see here.

Several Liverpool players have tried to defend Salah's antics, such as Andy Robertson, who reckons it's all a bit desperate.

"Every time it happens we go back, everyone looks at the video and you go, 'Well, it’s not a dive'," said the 24-year-old.

"He is not that sort of player, so how many times is it going to happen? I was at the edge of the box (for the penalty against Brighton) and it was a stonewaller.

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"If people are starting to say Mo has gone down easily, it's not fair. The one against Arsenal, he got clipped three times. They still appealed. It's a bit of desperation."

Well, unfortunately for Robertson there's no defending Salah's latest attempt to win a penalty for Liverpool, this time against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

In the video below, which came during the first half, Salah receives the slightest of knocks on the ankle from Mamadou Sakho, waits a second, and then collapses to the ground.

Embarrassing. Salah is a phenomenal player and achieved great things with Liverpool last season, but he seriously needs to cut this behaviour out.

Indeed, a lot of football fans are losing - or have already lost - respect for the 26-year-old, as you can see from the selection of tweets below.

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