When Mo Salah was compared to Tom Daley by Neil Warnock after ‘diving’
Liverpool will be without superstar winger Mohamed Salah as they take on Cardiff in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend.
The Egyptian captain, who remains on duty with his country in the Africa Cup of Nations, was at the center of much controversy the last time the two sides met – and the then Bluebirds boss, Neil Warnock, didn’t hesitate to take a hit at salah After the game.
Ahead of the April 2019 Premier League encounter at Cardiff City Stadium, both sides were desperate for points, but for very different reasons.
The Reds were looking for a win to replace Manchester City at the top of the table as the two top-flight giants contested one of the most contested title races in years, while Cardiff dropped out to try to avoid relegation to the Championship.
The first half went well for the underdog hosts who managed to keep the score at 0-0.
Shortly before the hour mark, however, Georginio Wijnaldum broke Cardiff’s brave resistance – before a James Milner penalty ended any hopes the Welsh side would recover anything from the game.
The kick was awarded when Salah fell under a challenge from Sean Morrison. The Liverpool man certainly appeared to make the most of the situation as he fell to the turf and many – including Warnock – went so far as to claim he dived for the decision.
“Again, a thing or two went against us, but I’m still like that, aren’t I?” Warnock told talkSPORT after the game, lamenting the fact that his side weren’t awarded a penalty.
“It’s not just the [Liverpool] penalty, I think we should have had a penalty after half-time.
“When you look at the way Robertson pulled up his shirt, all the TV pundits say that’s a punishment by the letter of the law.
“But they get away with it. They say maybe the sun was in the linesman’s eyes,” he joked.
Warnock was even more critical of Salah in his post-match press conference, comparing him to Olympic gold medalist diver Tom Daley.
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“I thought it was soft, really. We gave him a chance, didn’t we? I thought the ending was a 9.9 Tom Daley job.
“He [Salah] I couldn’t have climbed much higher from the diving board, but I’m sure you’ll say again ‘Warnock is such a whimper,’” the veteran manager concluded.
You can check out the incident that had Warnock in his arms below (at 1.24).
Watch: Mo Salah wins controversial penalty for Liverpool against Cardiff in 2019
Cardiff would ultimately be relegated by a margin of just two points at the end of the campaign. Liverpool, meanwhile, had to settle for second in the table, missing out on the title by just one point.
The Reds managed to do better the following season, winning their first Premier League title in 30 years.
Cardiff parted ways with Warnock just over six months after that defeat and have yet to return to the top flight of English football.
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