Mohamed Salah won a penalty for Liverpool just before the break at Selhurst Park (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah was adamant that referee Michael Oliver had made the correct call when he awarded Liverpool a penalty against Crystal Palace.
Mamadou Sakho brought down Salah inside the box just before half-time and, despite the protestations of Palace’s players, James Milner was handed an opportunity to put Liverpool in front from the penalty spot.
Milner made no mistake with his spot-kick and Sadio Mane’s stoppage-time goal against 10-man Palace secured a second win in as many games for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Roy Hodgson slammed Oliver’s decision and Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic has revealed his heated conversation with Salah after the penalty was awarded.
‘I told him “Say to the referee it’s not a penalty”. But he said it was. From his point of view it was a penalty,’ Milivojevic explained after Palace’s defeat.
‘It was not a penalty. During the game that was my opinion and after the game when I saw the image, Mama tried to touch the ball, he did not touch the ball and in my opinion he did not touch the man.
Luka Milivojevic believes Mohamed Salah should have spoken to the referee (Picture: Getty)‘He fell down and for the referee it was a penalty. I did not see the contact on Salah. For me it was clear; it was not a penalty. That is football.
‘This is not the first mistake in football. We were angry in the first minute but in football you do not have time to cry, we carried on, we tried in the second half. We had some good chances.
‘Okay we lost, but we have to be proud.’
Roy Hodgson was furious with Michael Oliver’s decision (Picture: Getty)Hodgson claimed that ‘the game has changed beyond all recognition’ if Oliver’s decision to award a penalty was the correct call.
‘It is not a penalty. I have been in football a long time. If that is a penalty, then the game has changed beyond all recognition,’ the Palace boss said.
‘There is no way he is looking to foul the player. He is trying to defend. There is no way he is looking to get contact on the player himself.
‘If people can’t see that, then I will be the pariah who only sees what he wants to see. I do not want penalties for my team in that way.
‘If I do not say that those situations are not penalties, both for and against, I shall be very disappointed in myself.’
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