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Carlton Cole takes aim at ‘top actor’ Mohamed Salah over Liverpool penalty in West Ham victory


Salah won a penalty to draw Liverpool level (Picture: Getty Images)

West Ham legend Carlton Cole has taken aim at Mohamed Salah for putting in an ‘Oscar-winning’ performance to earn Liverpool a penalty in their 2-1 win over the Hammers on Saturday.

The Reds came from behind to sneak a win at Anfield as they extended their lead at the top of the table to three points.

Pablo Fornals put David Moyes’ side ahead early on with his scuffed effort trickling past Alisson’s near post.

Salah went down under challenge from Masuaku (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool then got their opportunity to draw level from the penalty spot towards the end of the first half as Salah went down under a challenge from Arthur Masuaku in the box.

VAR checked the incident, but it wasn’t deemed a clear and obvious error from referee Kevin Friend – and Salah duly converted from 12 yards.

Substitute Diogo Jota went on to score a late winner for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they equalled a club record of 63 home league games unbeaten.

But Cole took issue with the ease in which Salah went down in the box and urged referees to do more to protect the integrity of the game.

‘I’d be embarrassed to go down in that fashion but I’m not a great actor,’ former England striker Cole wrote on Twitter.

‘Salah is a top top player but he’s also a top actor too after that Oscar-winning performance. Top actors have to have no shame for the best results.

If I would have tried that the ref would have booked me for a blatant dive and say “look at the size of you, Get up you tart”.

‘This shows me that players can now do this to gain an advantage and it is deemed acceptable. Referees must do more to protect our game.’

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