Mohamed Salah Says VAR Means 'More Penalties for Me; You Will See That'

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIAugust 20, 2019

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - AUGUST 14:  Mohamed Salah of Liverpool takes a penalty in a shootout during the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah says he thinks he will win more penalties following the introduction of video assistant referees into the Premier League for the 2019-20 season.

The Egypt international was asked by CNN's Becky Anderson and James Masters what impact he expected from the technology and replied: "More penalties for me; you will see that."

Salah also went on to explain why he does not like VAR in his interview with Anderson, as shared by CNN International:

CNN International @cnni

VAR continues to divide opinion. Mo Salah tells @cnnsport he's not a fan: "I love football how it is." https://t.co/DTFQQhmg6b https://t.co/MvD70NcsoW

The Liverpool star needs little assistance when it comes to scoring goals in the top flight.

He scored 32 in 36 appearances in his first season with Liverpool, racked up a further 22 last time out and is already off the mark in the current campaign:

Liverpool FC @LFC

2017- Watford ⚽️ 2018 - West Ham ⚽️ 2019 - Norwich ⚽️ @MoSalah has netted in three consecutive opening day games for the Reds 🔥🔴 https://t.co/kd8vkX3DFt

The 27-year-old's trickery and desire to run at defenders with the ball make him a fearsome attacker who also contributes plenty of penalties. Opta noted his record last season in the top flight:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

5 - Mohamed Salah has won five penalties this season in the Premier League, only Wilfried Zaha (6) has won more. No other Liverpool player has earned more than one. Precarious. #CARLIV https://t.co/xhpR94zhU1

However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was forced to defend Salah from accusations of diving last season. The German spoke about his forward after he won a penalty against Arsenal in December, per Chris Bascombe at the Daily Telegraph.

"Do we need blood for a proper penalty? I think no. 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. I have no clue about what happened around it, but the referee was really close to it. We don't have divers, and that was not a dive."

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock also criticised the Egyptian in April:

Omnisport @OmnisportNews

"I think the end of it was a 9.9 Tom Daley job. I don't think he could of got much higher off the diving board at the end of it." Cardiff City boss compared Liverpool star Mo Salah to the Olympic diver. #CARLIV https://t.co/u6BA3Vhetc

The introduction of VAR should help match officials correctly identify penalties and reduce controversy surrounding such incidents. However, the technology has already attracted complaints despite the Premier League season being only two weeks old.