Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been accused of diving by Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock.
The incident occurred during Liverpool’s 2-0 victory away to the Premier League strugglers on Sunday afternoon.
Did Salah dive? Five things you need to know…
- Salah joined Liverpool in 2017 from AS Roma for a transfer fee of €42 million.
- The Egyptian has gone on to score a mighty 67 goals in 98 games for the Reds, averaging a goal every 1.46 games.
- He has scored 19 Premier League goals this season.
- Salah has picked up a reputation in some parts for going down easily, with incidents against Crystal Palace, West Ham and others this season.
- The 26-year-old went down under a challenge from Sean Morrison on Sunday, resulting in Liverpool being awarded a penalty.
With the Reds 1-0 up thanks to a classy strike from Georginio Wijnaldum in the second half, Jurgen Klopp’s side were gifted the chance to seal the victory after Cardiff centre-back Morrison was deemed to have dragged Salah to the floor in the penalty area.
Milner stepped up and converted for Liverpool to ensure their return to the top of the Premier League with just three games remaining.
However, Warnock was far from happy – especially with Cardiff also in desperate need of points for contrasting reasons – and targeted Salah for “diving” against his side.
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“Once again, one or two things have gone against us, but I’m always like that, aren’t I?” the Cardiff boss told the BBC.
“There would be a lot of penalties in matches if you give things like that. It’s a soft penalty.
“At the end of the tugging, the theatrics of the dive were a solid 9.9. It’s a Tom Daley job, that.”
Where does the result leave both sides?
Sunday’s victory ensures Liverpool matched Manchester City’s key victory over Tottenham Hotspur this weekend and leapfrogged past Pep Guardiola’s men into top spot.
However, City have a game in hand on the Merseysiders – against arch-rivals Manchester United on Wednesday – with plenty still to unravel before the season reaches a climax.
For Cardiff, they missed out on picking up vital points in their bid for survival. They are in 18th place, three points behind Brighton & Hove Albion – who they beat 2-0 last week – and have just three games left to save their skin.
The Welsh outfit have the easier run-in, facing Fulham, Crystal Palace and Manchester United whereas Brighton – who have a game in hand on Cardiff – face three top-six sides in Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City, with Newcastle United also to play.