One episode from Napoli clash proving Salah is all but diver
- Mo survived a fierce battle against Koulibaly on Wednesday.
- Napoli's defender nearly tore Salah's head off as he tried to prevent the Egyptian from receiving the ball.
- However, Mo somehow stayed on his feet and tried to create an opportunity.
- As if it needs saying, the penalty wasn't given.
The number of bad decisions and unfair calls the referee gave throughout the Napoli clash on Wednesday, the number of times Napoli's players were allowed to do whatever they please during the duels would make Martin Atkinson jealous.
And here's another proof of how horrendous Carlos de Cerro Grande's refereeing was during the game - and another reason why Mohamed Salah is all but a diver.
70 minutes into the standoff with Liverpool still seeking for a winner, the Egyptian received a ball in Napoli's penalty box. Although, he was practically manhandled by Kalidou Koulibaly as Napoli's defender nearly tore Mo's head off.
There was more than enough contact for the referee to award a penalty. And if Salah fell down - that probably would have been the case. But Mo stayed on his feet and continued fighting for the ball.
He even shook off Koulibaly eventually, however, his determination didn't pay off - the episode ended up with nothing and, of course, the penalty wasn't called.
Perhaps, this episode is a sheer illustration of why players tend to go down and even dive in the box - honesty simply isn't worth it for as long as the referee is blind.
In the end, Liverpool managed to get only 1 point out of this bizarre and, to be fair, quite an awful game and now face a challenge of beating RB Salzburg in an away clash. Should we wish to progress from the first place, we'll have to bag 3 points.