Liverpool beat West Ham in the Premier League at the weekend but Garth Crooks thinks Jordan Henderson might have a private chat with Mohamed Salah for the way he won a penalty in the match. The Egyptian went down easily and was awarded a spot-kick in the contest.
Salah has gone down easily in the past and after the incident against the Hammers, some pundits have accused him of diving.
Garth Crooks thinks it might be a good idea for Henderson to have a word with the winger to remind him of the standards expected at Anfield.
The win against West Ham leaves Liverpool top of the table as they look to retain the top-flight title.
Crooks told BBC Sport: “I didn’t think it was a Liverpool penalty at the time and I still don’t.
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“I have criticised Mohamed Salah in the past for going down in the box when not touched.
“I’ve no doubt contact was made by West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku but as far as contact sports go, that was no foul.
“However it’s the referee’s opinion that counts and Kevin Friend thought otherwise.
“Jordan Henderson played a captain’s part in pulling Liverpool through a difficult fixture against the Hammers on Saturday.
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“It was Henderson’s controlled pass to Xherdan Shaqiri which resulted in Diogo Jota scoring Liverpool’s winner.
“I wonder if Henderson might have a gentle word with Salah to remind him that he has placed himself among the Liverpool greats – and not to spoil it with cheap nonsense like diving.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended Salah and insists it wasn’t a dive against West Ham as he has the ‘marks to prove it’.
He said: “What can I say? It was a foul. Pretty much everyone who saw the situation thought it [was a foul].
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“Believe it or not, I spoke to Mo yesterday morning about how he feels. He has exactly three proper knocks on the foot and one of them is from the penalty situation. That’s how it is.
“There is a knock, you go down or not, whatever. Sometimes the refs give it.
“We don’t talk too long about all the penalties we don’t get, to be honest, but obviously now two days after the game we are talking about this.
“There was clear contact. I don’t understand the criticism.”
Liverpool return to action tonight when they take on Atalanta in the Champions League (8pm).
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