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Salah simulation earns unfavourable Suarez comparison from Liverpool legend

12:15 SAST 2019/01/22
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Former Reds striker John Aldridge believes the Egyptian frontman is doing his cause few favours by going to ground "too easily"

Mohamed Salah has earned an unfavourable comparison to former Liverpool star Luis Suarez, with John Aldridge conceding that the Egyptian is earning a reputation for going to ground "too easily".

Players of the Egyptian forward’s ilk have argued for years that the speed in which they operate leaves them open to tumbles under the faintest of touches.

There is, however, a fine line between slight contact and simulation.

Salah is considered to be balancing on that tightrope , with recent outings having seen him fall under the spotlight when winning penalties and taking tumbles in other areas of the field.

Former Liverpool striker Aldridge fears the Reds’ 19-goal top scorer is attracting unwelcome attention, much like current Barcelona frontman Suarez did during his time at Anfield.

“Salah went down too easily against Crystal Palace [when looking for a penalty on Saturday]. And now he has a problem,” Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo .

“But did Mamadou Sakho catch his calf? 100 per cent. He caught his calf with his shin, and Salah went down. That's what players do this day and age.

“Now Salah has to be careful. Everybody is on to him. This has happened in the past with players – think Luis Suarez – who look for a touch and then go down.

“Salah got touched. Did it warrant a penalty? Some referees would have given it. There was contact but, yes, Salah went down too easily.”

Aldridge added on whether the publicity which now surrounds Salah could end up having a negative impact on Liverpool: “If it's a clear foul on Salah, then I'm sure referees will give a penalty in the future.

“But the way Mo plays means he is always going to invite contact, he is often going to have two or three players around him in the box.

“It's hard for defenders in that instance not to make contact with him. It's very, very difficult for him not to get touched.”

While attracting some unwelcome headlines this season, Salah continues to make plenty of positive ones.

The current holder of the Premier League Golden Boot is back at the front of that race for 2018-19, with a deadly double against Palace last time out taking him to 50 goals in the English top-flight from just 72 outings for Liverpool and Chelsea.