Liverpool

Keith Hackett has called on Jurgen Klopp to demand Mohamed Salah cuts out diving from his game at Liverpool.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former head of the PGMOL insisted the Egyptian superstar’s reputation for simulation is costing the Premier League champions penalties.

Salah has been criticised consistently throughout the season for going to ground too easily.

In the Reds’ last Premier League game against Wolves prior to the international break the 28-year-old was accused of diving after a challenge by Willy Boly.

It follows high-profile incidents against Everton, Manchester City and Leicester City in 2021.

“I think that what he does is, he puts a degree of pressure on the referees to make certain that he’s getting the right view and the right viewing angle,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“The referees have got to move in relatively close to see what level of contact there is and whether he’s going to ground before the contact is made.

“This is a challenge to referees, a player of this type. They’re players that easily go to ground. There are times when Salah goes to ground that gains nothing and the referee does nothing.

“For me, this whole area of acts of simulation to deceive a referee needs a clampdown. It needs referees at the start of next season to say ‘Right Ok, we’re going to try and cut this from the game.’

“I would like his manager (like Klopp) to whisper in his ear and say ‘Look, come on…’ But the game is different at a professional level. It’s almost win at all costs.

“There’s an element of boy who cried wolf here. I’ve seen incidents where Salah has been fouled and not been given the penalty kick so it does work both ways. The reputation is built and there’s no question that referees can be conditioned. In the modern game, referees are more prepared and there’s no question he’s got that reputation.”

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