Now that Mercury is in retrograde and Liverpool is once again winning (very rightfully deserved) penalties, it makes complete sense that there’s a steady increase in complaints about just how many penalties have come our way and how it seems like it’s always Mohamed Salah who wins them.
You may argue that this is because Salah is incredibly fast and has a reputation amongst defenders throughout the league as something of a goalscorer, which generally makes him a target for fouls in the penalty box. Or you may waste your breath on social media and during post-match interviews, complaining about how him getting clipped in the legs is barely a foul.
Andy Robertson, Liverpool and Scotland hero, is having none of the latter.
“He’s not that type of player,” Robertson said after the game. “Every time it happens then we go back and everyone looks at the video and you go ‘well, it’s not a dive so how many times is it going to happen?’.”
Salah has been awarded three penalties in the last four league games. The most recent one against Brighton was awarded after Pascal Gross clearly fouled the winger and brought him down in the box.
“I’m not sure if the Brighton players did say it was a dive or not, and I’ll need to see it back, but I was at the edge of the box and for me it was a stonewaller,” Robertson added.
“If people are starting to say Mo has gone down easily it’s not fair because the one against Arsenal, especially, he got clipped three times on his way down. They still appealed it so it’s a bit of desperation.”