Garth Crooks went in hard with his Mohamed Salah opinion during Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace


Mohamed Salah produced another match-winning performance for Liverpool against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

The Egyptian forward netted his 49th and 50th Premier League goals to help the Reds secure a vital 4-3 victory at Anfield.

Salah scored his first of the afternoon just after half-time, brilliantly flicking the ball past Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni. He then put his team 3-2 up in the 75th minute with a tap-in on the goal-line.

However, it’s not just his two goals that football fans are talking about.

Unfortunately, Salah finds himself involved in yet another controversial diving debate after going to ground easily under minimal pressure from Mamadou Sakho.

Salah failed to win a penalty from referee Jon Moss, but he also avoided a yellow card.


Many football fans believe the 26-year-old should have been booked for the incident.

You can make your own minds up by watching the footage here…

BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks, speaking live on Final Score, caused a stir on social media with his very honest comments after seeing Salah’s latest act of simulation.

“It’s pathetic. By the way, why doesn’t Klopp say ‘just play the game,’” he said.

“People are going to tackle you in the box but don’t try and kid everybody because what you’re doing is just messing with your credibility. He’s messing with his reputation.

“Very soon, not just the professionals are going to say it’s cheating but the supporters too.”

Watch Crooks’ rant here…

A perfectly valid point, many football fans would argue. However, some of the comments suggest not everyone - *cough* Liverpool supporters *cough* - agrees.

If Salah continues to go to ground easily, it’s inevitable that he’ll earn a reputation for himself. In fact, it’s probably already happened after a speight of similar incidents in recent weeks.

It’s a shame because the left-footed forward is a magnificent footballer - arguably the best player in the Premier League - and he simply doesn’t need to do it.

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