Journalist identifies the Wilfried Zaha moment vs Liverpool amid Mo Salah criticism

Liverpool FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

To say Mohamed Salah was slammed for his 'dive' against Crystal Palace would be putting things mildly.

The Liverpool man - who has been criticised for simulation recently - went down easily under a challenge from Mamadou Sakho and Twitter erupted with protestations just moments later.

There was the slightest of touches from the Palace defender, but Salah fell to the ground after a sizeable delay and raised his arms in theatric fashion.

Plenty of pundits have come out and condemned Salah for his behaviour during the victory, warning that it could impact his reputation that has thus far revolved around his incredible goals.

One of the most damning responses came from Garth Crooks, who wrote during his BBC Team of the Week: "Why would such a wonderful player do something so grotesque?

Salah's 'dive' vs Palace

"Mo Salah is breaking my heart. He went down in the penalty area as though he had been poleaxed."

Salah will have to tread very carefully ahead of games with Leicester City and West Ham United or face being treated very differently by Premier League officials.

However, despite the justified criticism aimed at Salah, Liverpool Echo journalist Ian Doyle wanted to highlight a moment involving Wilfried Zaha that hasn't received nearly as much attention.


Journalist notices Zaha moment

Zaha has something of a reputation for going down easily and Doyle noticed him trying to win a penalty during the second-half, producing a fall that instantly angered Fabinho.

"Opposing players were unimpressed, one pointing at the prone attacker before angrily gesticulating towards referee Jon Moss. Except this isn't Liverpool's Mohamed Salah we're talking about," Doyle penned.

"It's Wilfried Zaha.

"The Palace winger hit the deck during the second half when attempting to race beyond a covering James Milner, prompting Fabinho to respond unfavourably and ensure the officials were aware of what happened.

"Of course, there has been little subsequent mention of this."

A few Liverpool fans did mention the incident throughout the game and a video of Zaha's theatrics can be seen in the video below: 

Of course, two wrongs don't make a right.

And Doyle certainly wasn't saying that Salah was completely innocent, but it does suggest that the Liverpool man is receiving far more criticism than players doing similar things.

More accurate footage of Zaha's fall hasn't emerge, so it's difficult to compare the incidents with absolute certainty but you can see why plenty of Liverpool fans are displeased. 

Liverpool FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

It will certainly add to suggestions of a conspiracy with Harry Kane's 'dive' against Wolverhampton Wanderers proving the main example in the argument: 'why is Salah being singled out?'

At the end of the day, though, diving needs to be stamped out of football whether it's Zaha, Salah or Joe Blogs.

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