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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Photo: Getty Images

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Photo: Getty Images

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Photo: Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp rejected accusations that Mohamed Salah had developed an unhealthy habit of going to ground too easily, saying there did "not need to be blood" for Liverpool to be awarded a penalty.

Klopp waited 424 days for his side to be awarded a spot-kick at Anfield prior to Salah scoring against Newcastle on St Stephen's Day.

The Egyptian won another in similar circumstances against Arsenal, with defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos accusing the striker of diving.

"Do we need blood for a proper penalty? I think no," said Klopp.

"In that moment, if you don't touch Mo and he makes the next step and shoots - and we know he's pretty good at that - these are the situations. We don't have divers and that was not a dive.

"In the three and a half years, we have had more penalties not given when they were penalties."

Virgil van Dijk intervened at half-time as Sokratis accused Salah.

"I saw that he went to Mo and was saying that he dived. He was attacking him a bit, but I wanted to say he didn't dive," said Van Dijk. "I'm protecting my team-mates and that's normal."

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