Arsenal defender, David Luiz has revealed what Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, told him after Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated the Gunners 3-1 on Saturday in the Premier League.
Mohamed Salah was the Liverpool hero in the second half, scoring two goals after Joel Matip had scored opener in the first half at Anfield.
Luiz, speaking on the penalty that was given against him after he fouled Salah, claimed that the Egyptian international told him after the match that he didn’t go down to the floor because he didn’t feel Luiz touched him.
The former Chelsea star was quoted by Arsenal’s official website as saying:
“Yes, I think it is. You cannot take out from the players, it is just a reflex. When I turned I see that I was taking and so I took off [my hand from Salah’s shirt]. I spoke with Mo and he said ‘I didn’t feel you touch me, that’s why I didn’t go down to the floor’ but now with the VAR, you cannot see the power so it is difficult for the referees.”
“He saw the shirt like that, but I don’t know. It’s difficult for them so I cannot complain with their efforts because it is difficult for them too. If you play with an extra-large shirt now, there could be a penalty every time.
“It’s interpretation, so I think if you pull someone with power and you change his strength to go to the ball, it’s different. It was just a reflex but that’s it, it made the penalty and after that he gave me the yellow. So on the third goal I could not make the foul and put my team in trouble with 10 men. So I think it conditioned my game a bit after that and it was more difficult. But like I said, the team fought until the end and the team created a lot of chances to score here today. It could be a different game but now we are still with the six points, in three games, we’re going to play a tough game against Tottenham. I think you have to look forward and try to win.”
Arsenal will now tackle Tottenham in their next Premier League fixture.