BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has hit out at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for having “the brass neck” to suggest his side deserved a penalty during their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.
Reds forward Sadio Mane was booked for diving in the first half of Saturday’s game at Selhurst Park when he went to the ground theatrically a split-second after Palace’s James McArthur appeared to make slight contact with his ankle.
Crooks claims that the contact was not enough to make Mane go down, and that both the player and his manager had no right to ask for a penalty to be awarded.
Despite his criticism of Mane, Crooks still voted the Senegalese into his BBC Sport team of the Premier League weekend.
On an eventful afternoon for the former Southampton man, Mane scored the Reds’ equaliser in the second half before escaping a second yellow card for picking the ball up when he incorrectly thought he’d been fouled.
Mohamed Salah then scored Liverpool’s winner with his 37th strike of the season six minutes from time.
But Crooks was highly critical of Klopp’s actions.
In his explanation for picking Mane in his team, he wrote: “For an hour Sadio Mane terrified Crystal Palace. But how Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had the brass neck to even suggest the striker deserved a penalty after James McArthur appeared to make contact in the box I have no idea.
“How many more times do I have to say this? Contact in the box doesn’t automatically mean it’s a penalty. A foul does.
“The delay between the contact being made by McArthur and Mane going to ground was clearly evident and destroyed whatever claim Liverpool could have made.
“Referee Neil Swarbrick then gave Mane the benefit of the doubt by not issuing a second yellow card for Mane grabbing the ball. And Klopp had the temerity to criticise the referee in his post-match interview for not awarding Liverpool a penalty?
“Mane was lucky to be on the pitch at all. As for Klopp he should just have said thank you and gone on his way.”