Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer's contrasting reactions to Mohamed Salah's dive on MOTD


Mohamed Salah bagged his 15th and 16th Premier League goals of the season on Saturday as Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-3.

Jurgen Klopp's side went behind to Andros Townsend's 34th-minute strike, but within eight minutes of the second period they were 2-1 ahead thanks to Salah's smart finish and Roberto Firmino.

Palace then equalised through James Tomkins before Salah bagged his second, Sadio Mane made it 4-2 and Max Meyer scored late on.

Victory meant Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points, which could be reduced to four depending on how Manchester City get on against Huddersfield.

However, there was one moment during the first half against Palace that somewhat blemished Liverpool's win and Salah's performance.

Salah is building a bad reputation for diving and he went to ground far too easily once again to try and win a penalty when Mamadou Sakho put him under pressure in the box.

Check out the 25-year-old's embarrassing theatrics below.

Football fans slammed Salah for his dive and it also caught the attention of Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who tweeted that it would be reviewed on the show.

And it was - except it was Alan Shearer, not Lineker, who spoke honestly about Salah's latest dive to try and win a penalty.

While discussing the Egyptian's performance, Shearer said of the dive: "This is the bad and we have to mention it. I think he (Salah) got away with one against Newcastle, but that was a dive.

"He feels a bit of contact and then he realises it a second or two later and he goes down. It's a dive and it's pretty embarrassing really.

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"Not good at all to see that and you can see all the Palace players going towards him. They accuse him of diving and it is not good at all because they are right."

Lineker, meanwhile, didn't have anything to add whatsoever and simply said: "That aside, Salah's record is quite something," in reference to his 50 Premier League goals.

Football fans who watched MOTD slammed Lineker for failing to condemn Salah for his dive but praised Shearer for refusing to ignore it.

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