Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is brought down in action
Tuesday Jan 01, 2019. 11:15
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended Egyptian star Mohamed Salah against accusations of diving in their 5-1 win over Arsenal this past weekend.
Salah earned and scored a penalty in the victory over the Gunners on Saturday evening, though Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos took umbrage at the decision to award the spot kick and confronted the Egyptian as the players headed into the tunnel at half time.
Salah also earned a debated penalty on Boxing Day when he went down following contact from Newcastle defender Paul Dummett.
Klopp has defended his player for both incidents and cited Sky Sports News' Ref Watch, where former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher agreed with the match official's verdict.
"Look, I'm three years in (at Liverpool). And of the few things I read in the English press is the Ref Watch on Sky after the game," Klopp said.
"Not a lot of times have I thought 'That was a penalty' and then looked at it to find it was not the right decision.
"Dermot Gallagher said (after Newcastle), 'penalty.' His arm was there.
"Do we need blood for a proper penalty? I think no. In that moment, if you don't touch Mo and he makes the next step and shoots - and we know he's pretty good at that - these are the situations.
"I haven't seen it back (with Sokratis) and I have no clue about what happened around it but the ref really was close to it.
"We don't have divers and that was not a dive. The other one is not a dive. The ref decides it."