Garth Crooks advises Jordan Henderson to ‘have a word’ with team-mate to not ‘spoil’ legacy


Henderson has been told to have a word with Salah (Picture: Getty)

Garth Crooks has advised Jordan Henderson to pull Mohamed Salah aside and ‘have a gentle word’ in order for the Egyptian to not ‘spoil’ his Liverpool legacy.

Crooks, the former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United striker, thinks Salah has placed himself among the ‘greats’ at Anfield but fears he could taint his reputation.

Salah was heavily criticised for the manner in which he won a penalty against West Ham this weekend.

Hammers boss David Moyes was certain it was a ‘dive’, while former West Ham striker Carlton Cole said his response to being tackled by Arthur Masuaku was an ‘Oscar-winning performance’.

While Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended the winger and pointed out there was contact, Crooks is adamant it wasn’t a foul.

And he thinks Liverpool captain Henderson should have a word with Salah to get him to cut out the ‘cheap nonsense like diving’.

‘I didn’t think it was a Liverpool penalty at the time and I still don’t,’ Crooks told BBC Sport.

Salah won a penalty against West Ham (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘I have criticised Mohamed Salah in the past for going down in the box when not touched.

‘I’ve no doubt contact was made by West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku but as far as contact sports go, that was no foul. However it’s the referee’s opinion that counts and Kevin Friend thought otherwise.

‘Jordan Henderson played a captain’s part in pulling Liverpool through a difficult fixture against the Hammers on Saturday.

‘It was Henderson’s controlled pass to Xherdan Shaqiri which resulted in Diogo Jota scoring Liverpool’s winner.

‘I wonder if Henderson might have a gentle word with Salah to remind him that he has placed himself among the Liverpool greats – and not to spoil it with cheap nonsense like diving.’

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