Jamie Redknapp explains why Salah's goal for Liverpool vs West Brom should not have stood


Mohamed Salah’s equaliser for Liverpool in the first half against West Brom should not have counted, according to Jamie Redknapp. Salah curled a snapshot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to make it 1-1 after Hal Robson-Kanu opened the scoring for the hosts.

Jurgen Klopp’s side desperately need to win at the Hawthorns as they attempt to finish in the top four of the Premier League to earn a place in the Champions League next season.

That aim was made more difficult when Robson took advantage of a mistake by Rhys Williams to latch onto Matheus Pereira’s through ball to place a left-footed finish past Alisson after 15 minutes.

Liverpool responded and went in at the break with the score level, but their equalising goal was not without controversy.

Salah moved onto 22 Premier League goals for the season with a brilliant curling finish after Sadio Mane pinched the ball, but there is an argument that his strike should not have stood.

That is because of referee Mike Dean’s intervention in the build-up, which disadvantaged West Brom.

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Dean awarded Liverpool a free-kick when he appeared to get in the way of the away side’s move in the centre of the pitch.

Fabinho took the dead ball quickly and, with Conor Gallagher out of position, Liverpool went up the pitch and ended up scoring after 33 minutes through their Egyptian forward.

Former Liverpool players Redknapp and Graeme Souness discussed the incident at half-time on Sky Sports and both agreed that Klopp’s side had been fortunate.

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“The referee does get in the way, but it’s not a free-kick to Liverpool,” Redknapp said.

“I think an uncontested drop ball might have been a better decision. A lot happens after that, and you can see that the West Brom players don’t complain.

“But what it is is an incredible finish from nothing. There’s a lot going on and this… he just waves his left foot at it. It’s almost like a PlayStation goal. Unbelievable.

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“It doesn’t make sense why it’s a free-kick to Liverpool. They get away with it but look at the numbers that West Brom get back.

“What you have to look at is the genius of Salah. It’s unbelievable: he sees it and just puts it into that bottom corner. There’s not a lot happening and then all of a sudden it’s in the back of the net.”

Souness then added: “Sam [Allardyce] will be fuming. He’s got to be. That goal shouldn’t happen that way.

“I don’t know what the referee is thinking. That should have been a drop ball – and I’m not even sure it should be uncontested. I think that’s a drop ball between two players.”

Redknapp concluded: “Even then, if he gets in his way, Fabinho should still do better and get the pass away. There’s a lot of luck.”





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