BBC Sport pundit slams Liverpool FC ‘heart-breaker’ Mo Salah
Garth Crooks wasn't impressed with Mo Salah's dive during Liverpool FC's 4-3 win over Palace last weekend
Garth Crooks has spoken of his disappoint at Mohamed Salah’s attempt to win a penalty in Liverpool FC’s 4-3 win against Crystal Palace last weekend.
The Egypt international attracted criticism after he took a tumble in the first half at Anfield after Salah battled with former Liverpool FC defender Mamadou Sakho in the penalty area.
The Palace players reacted angrily to Salah’s attempt to earn a spot-kick before Andros Townsend broke the deadlock in the first half to threaten an upset.
The reigning PFA player of the year helped Liverpool FC to come from behind to secure three points after two fortuitous goals in the second half at Anfield.
Liverpool FC edged to a 4-3 win but Salah attracted criticism from so ex-professionals for his attempt to win a first-half penalty.
Former Spurs forward Crooks entered the debate after the BBC Sport pundit criticised Salah for his unsporting behaviour.
“Mo Salah is breaking my heart. Why would such a wonderful player do something so grotesque?” Crooks told BBC Sport.
“He went down in the penalty area as though he had been poleaxed. Crystal Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic told the Egypt international what he thought of the charade in no uncertain terms, and quite rightly.
“This was before the Liverpool striker sent the Eagles back to Selhurst Park having had their wings severely clipped.
“I was so disappointed in Salah but I still can’t bring myself to leave him out of my team of the week.”
Salah is leading the Premier League’s goal-scoring charts following an impressive return of 16 goals from 23 games in the English top flight this term.
The Egyptian forward has also made seven assists for his team-mates in the current campaign to highlight his overall importance to the team.
Liverpool FC will take on Leicester City in their next Premier League game on Wednesday.