Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has responded on social media after recent comments he made on Mohamed Salah.
The 42-year-old, who made 737 appearances for the Anfield club during his playing days, responded to a tweet from Southampton fan on Twitter, which has now been deleted, about his comments regarding the Reds’ penalty which was awarded during their 2-1 victory against West Ham United on Saturday night.
Salah was struck by Arthur Masuaku on the foot in the penalty area and the Egyptian converted the resulting spot-kick before his side went on to win the game in the second half.
Carragher believed that the decision to award the penalty was a correct one, as he stated while carrying out commentary on the game.
As a result, he received criticism as a result of his comments and was accused of not being impartial despite claiming at the beginning of the campaign that Salah’s penalty against Leeds United was a harsh one (cited by the Daily Star). He also stuck up for Everton’s Jordan Pickford when his challenge injured Virgil van Dijk, which saw him take stick from Liverpool fans.
I saw the reaction today on social media about Salah, I did not think the decision was debatable at all. He made sure he got the penalty yes, but it was a penalty. Don’t give me the impartiality nonsense when I’ve had stick on here all week from reds over my Pickford/VVD stance. https://t.co/gLW6VpWIaM
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) November 1, 2020
The victory over West sent Liverpool top of the league, despite The Reds struggling for large parts of the game and with a catastrophic injury crisis in their defensive department.
Transfer Tavern take
Football can be crazy and opinions can change in an instant but Carragher is spot on with his Tweet. He was siding with Pickford when Van Dijk picked up his anterior cruciate ligament injury (cited by the Daily Express).
That has left Liverpool in a huge mess defensively, but Carragher stuck by Pickford’s side on that occasion.
Sure, it was a controversial decision to award Salah a penalty, one which has generated debate but there is no doubt that contact was made and that Carragher has shown plenty of times that he’s able to be impartial when it comes to commenting about Liverpool.
The penalty did possibly swing the game, but Liverpool were the better team over the 90 minutes and deserved the win.
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