Mohamed Salah’s penalty vs Newcastle
Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Newcastle United on Boxing day wasn’t without controversy.
Newcastle were upset with Liverpool’s second goal of the game, scored by Mohamed Salah from the penalty spot.
Salah won the spot-kick after a coming together with Paul Dummett.
Dummett laid a hand on Salah’s arm as the Egyptian tricked his way through the Magpies’ box.
But Salah went down theatrically.
Mohamed Salah won’t be banned vs Arsenal
Many have been calling for Salah to be banned for Liverpool’s next match against Arsenal this weekend.
Salah’s behaviour against Newcastle has been compared to when Oumar Niasse dived for Everton to win a penalty against Crystal Palace last season.
Niasse was slapped with a two game ban for his actions.
I’m not tweeting this just because it’s Salah, I’ve seen Everton players dive, I’ve seen United I’ve seen many players dive. The only way to stop it is to be fair across the board. Niasse was banned for it. If you con the referee to gain an advantage then it should be a ban. https://t.co/N6pCelq9Hd
— Dan Griffiths (@TheDanGriff) December 26, 2018
Yet it’s been confirmed on Thursday morning that Salah will not face any punishment.
The Times journalist Paul Joyce has explained that the “FA say it did not meet threshold for deception of a match official”.
Liverpool's Mo Salah will NOT face any retrospective disciplinary action from FA over penalty incident in yesterday's game with Newcastle. FA say it did not meet threshold for deception of a match official.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) December 27, 2018
Liverpool vs Arsenal
Arsenal will arrive at Anfield on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw at Brighton.
The momentum has been sucked dry at Arsenal in recent weeks following defeats against Southampton and Tottenham.
Arsenal are fifth in the league, two points behind Chelsea.
Unai Emery has significant injury concerns.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan recently joined the walking wounded with what’s expected to be a six week absence.
Hector Bellerin is also sidelined, as are Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Emery has injury concerns over Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal, who have thigh strains.
Liverpool will continue to be without Joel Matip and Joe Gomez against he Gunners. James Milner is also a doubt with a hamstring concern.