‘I’ve seen Salah do this time and time again’: Graeme Souness claims Liverpool star DIVED to win penalty to help Jurgen Klopp’s side reclaim top spot with victory over West Ham

Mohamed Salah has sensationally been accused of diving by Liverpool great Graeme Souness during the narrow victory against West Ham on Saturday.

The Egyptian forward stepped up to fire home a penalty in the first half and level the scores at Anfield – but the circumstances in which the spot kick was awarded have divided opinion. 

Salah tangled with Arthur Masuaku inside the box and went to the turf with referee Kevin Friend’s decision soon rubber-stamped after a VAR check.

Graeme Souness claims Liverpool star Mohamed Salah DIVED to win penalty against West Ham

Mohamed Salah has been accused of diving by Liverpool icon Graeme Souness on Saturday

Graeme Souness claims Liverpool star Mohamed Salah DIVED to win penalty against West Ham

Souness (above) believes Salah fell unnaturally during Liverpool’s victory against West Ham

The intervention was not overruled because it was not considered to be a clear and obvious error from the officials.  

The converted penalty set Liverpool on course for the positive result, although Souness believes the occasion was marred by what he fervently believes to have been simulation.

He told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t give that if I’m a referee in the Premier League. I’ve seen Salah do this time and time again. 

Graeme Souness claims Liverpool star Mohamed Salah DIVED to win penalty against West Ham

Salah went to ground under pressure from Arthur Masuaku and Kevin Friend gave the spot kick

‘This is totally an unnatural way to fall. Look, he doesn’t actually kick him, the West Ham player makes contact with his ankle. 

‘I think it’s careless and given an enormous invitation for Salah to throw himself to the ground. 

‘For me I think it’s a really harsh penalty and that’s coming from a Liverpool supporter.’

Close-up footage of the incident show clear contact from Masuaku on Salah’s leg, but the manner of the forward’s exaggerated fall has resulted in widespread accusations of diving.

Graeme Souness claims Liverpool star Mohamed Salah DIVED to win penalty against West Ham

Replays showed Masuaku made contact with Salah’s leg although his fall has been criticised

Graeme Souness claims Liverpool star Mohamed Salah DIVED to win penalty against West Ham

Masuaku appealed to the officials after the penalty was awarded and ratified by a VAR check

Micah Richards, also a Sky Sports pundit and Sportsmail columnist, believes it is the rash challenge from the defender which resulted in West Ham’s downfall, however, rather than any poor sportsmanship. 

‘Masuaku does not need to do that there,’ he said. ‘Whether you think it’s a penalty or not, the referee is there to judge whether he thinks it’s a penalty. 

‘He’s making the referee’s decision for him. He doesn’t need to do it.’

Liverpool were able to match the club’s record of a 63-game unbeaten streak at Anfield. Diogo Jota netted the winner late on, his third successive game with a home goal, after being played into the box through Xherdan Shaqiri’s inch-perfect pass. 

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