It’s not often you’ll hear a manager come out and admit his own player has dived but yesterday, quotes emerged from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp which admitted that Reds frontman Mohamed Salah went down too easily in their recent game against Crystal Palace.
The Egyptian International has gained something of a reputation for going down too softly this season and whilst his manager was quick to point out that the criticism he’s been getting has been largely unfair, there was no dispute that the manner in which he fell to the floor against the Eagles in our recent clash at Anfield was a tad pathetic.
Speaking about the incident in question, Klopp said:
“If (Palace) is the first then why we talk then? Did anyone talk to Jamie Vardy when, I forget the opponent (Southampton), everybody saw.
Is Jamie a bad person because of that? I don’t say now he is a diver. That is another situation. You have (defenders) in the back, you are there, you feel something, do you have to go down? Probably not. I don’t have to speak to players about obvious things. Salah knows that. Don’t go down in situations like that.
There are other situations that are much more obvious that we don’t talk about and nobody is talking about because it’s not City, it’s not United, it’s not Liverpool, it’s not Arsenal or it’s not Chelsea. All the others can do it from time to time and nobody really talks about it. That’s all fine.”
Whilst Salah’s decision came to nothing after the referee waved away any penalty claims, it’s good to see Klopp openly admitting that Liverpool’s man shouldn’t have gone down in the first place. Like all these things, once the press pick up on a trend which captures the public imagination, it’ll run and run until the level of scrutiny is unbearable. Diving is a subject which has and always will generate huge interest, meaning managers will always be probed for their thoughts; in this instance, it must be said, Klopp has handled it superbly well.