Since joining Liverpool in 2017, Mohamed Salah has scored 63 times in 83 appearances and has emerged into one of the best players in the world.
However, he has earned a reputation as a ‘diver’ in recent times.
In the past few weeks Salah has attracted criticism for going down easily in order to try and win a foul from the referee.
He won a penalty against Newcastle and, although there was contact, it was only minimal and Salah was criticised as a result.
And he tried to win a penalty again against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
This time there was no contact, with Salah going to ground under pressure from Mamadou Sakho.
The referee on the day, Jonathan Moss, did well by not giving Salah a penalty.
It really was theatrical and it did not look good on Salah’s part.
Mark Clattenburg, who served as a referee for 14 years, has given his verdict on the incident.
The 43-year-old thinks the criticism for Salah is correct and believes Moss should have issued him a yellow card.
“Mo Salah went down with no contact from Mamadou Sakho,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.
“It’s irrelevant that he did not appeal for a penalty, because he was trying to deceive referee Jonathan Moss, who should have issued a yellow card.
“Salah was accused of going down easily to win penalties against Arsenal and Newcastle. In all these situations, he has no chance to score, so it seems he prefers to try to win a penalty.
“As he is Liverpool’s penalty taker, he will know winning a spot-kick means he has a free shot at goal. He is then likely to increase his chances of winning the Golden Boot.”