Hackett: Salah is 'headed towards suspension' as Klopp dressing down on the cards
Jurgen Klopp needs to have words with Mohamed Salah after he was shown yet another yellow card for Liverpool for taking his shirt off.
That is the view of ex-FIFA and Premier League referee, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Salah received the sixth caution of his Liverpool career against Crystal Palace.
The winger scored the Reds’ second goal in the 3-0 win before taking his shirt off to celebrate in front of the Kop.
The Liverpool Echo report that half of his Liverpool yellow cards have come as a result of his celebrations.
“Taking your shirt off is an automatic yellow card offence,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“We might be amused by it and love the goals, I do, I think he’s a brilliant player.
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“Surely his manager ought to have a word with him and say ‘You’re heading towards five yellow cards which is a suspension, I want you to avoid that’.
“You don’t want to take the elation away from a player but you’ve got to have a degree of self-control.
“He’s got into that habit. It’s his way of saluting his own goal.
“In reality, we have to get to the point of why this law is in. It’s FIFA and IFAB who create the laws of the game. In certain countries, showing the skin of the body is against their religion and culture. We have to remember this is a global game.
“When it was introduced, I thought ‘What a nonsense this is’. But it’s part of the culture of the game around the world that this law has been introduced.”