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‘Everyone can miss a penalty’ – Wijnaldum defends Salah

16:38 SAST 2017/10/30
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool
The Reds midfielder defended the Egypt international after he saw his first ever penalty for the Reds saved by the Terriers goalkeeper

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum has backed Mohamed Salah after his penalty miss in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.

Two minutes before the interval - and with the tie still goalless, Salah stepped up to take a penalty after Roberto Firmino was upended by Tommy Smith only for him to see his effort saved by Jonas Lossl.

Wijnaldum who opened his league goal account in Saturday's Premier League win played down criticism on the forward's spot kick miss.

“Everyone can miss a penalty, it happens in football. It’s not sure that you’ll score if you get a penalty, so it can happen,” Wijnaldum told club website.

“At half-time the manager told us to keep playing football, make more runs behind their defence, but he said the most important thing was to stay calm and play football and not get frustrated that they make the spaces really small.

“That’s what we did, we were concentrated when we had the chances and we scored them,” he concluded.

Second half goals from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum moved the Reds to sixth spot in the English Premier League log after gathering 16 points from ten games.