Monday Jan 28, 2019. 16:00
Former Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler has jumped to the defence of Mohamed Salah on the back of what the Reds legend has described as 'unfair criticism'.
The Egypt international has been heavily criticised by certain quarters following a spate of penalty-kicks awarded in Liverpool's favour, with many feeling that the attacker had gone down too easily on several occasions.
Fowler, though, feels that some of the attacks directed at the 26-year-old are unwarranted - going on the write that he hopes those lambasting Salah are not doing so because he's not from England.
“I was never one for diving — if I had a chance to get a shot off, I’d always take it,” Fowler wrote for The Mirror.
“Yet, I’ve been shaking my head in disbelief at the criticism aimed at Mohamed Salah in recent weeks for what people have been particularly eager to call cheating.
“It’s been sustained and hostile, and I’m wondering why.
“Why it’s been much worse than that aimed at Harry Kane this season, for instance, or in the past say Michael Owen or David Beckham (and I’m not singling them out!)
“We have to be very careful as football fans. We need to stop and think about whether Salah is being targeted for where he comes from and who he is.
“It seems like stereotyping, and possibly because he’s an overseas player. If that is the case, it’s totally unacceptable," Fowler concluded.
Salah has scored 19 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool this season.