Monday Aug 26, 2019. 17:00
Arsenal defender David Luiz has revealed what Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah told him after the Egyptian won a penalty during the club’s 3-1 win over the Gunners at Anfield on Saturday.
Joel Matip opened the scoring for the Reds and Salah doubled their advantage from the spot after being brought down by Luiz.
The Brazilian, though, claims that Salah didn’t feel the shirt tug, but accepts why the referee might make such a call.
“I spoke with Mo and he said ‘I didn’t feel you touch me, that’s why I didn’t go down to the floor,’ but now with the VAR, you cannot see the power so it is difficult for the referees,” Luiz told Sky Sports.
“He saw the shirt like that, but I don’t know. It’s difficult for them so I cannot complain with their efforts because it is difficult for them too.
He continued: “If you play with an extra-large shirt now, there could be a penalty every time. It’s interpretation, so I think if you pull someone with power and you change his strength to go to the ball, it’s different.
“It was just a reflex but that’s it, it made the penalty and after that he gave me the yellow. So on the third goal I could not make the foul and put my team in trouble with 10 men. So I think it conditioned my game a bit after that and it was more difficult.”
Salah completed his brace with a superb left-footed finish after ghosting past Luiz to take his tally up to three in the English Premier League for the season.