- Ex-Chelsea forward Cascarino says Mohamed Salah's rates of diving this term is unbelievable
- The Egyptian has scored 16 goals and seven assists in 23 Premier League appearances
- The 56-year-old claims the former Roma forward has been learning diving lessons from Ronaldo
Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has been taking diving lessons from Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Egyptian forward scored his side's only goal against Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium.
He also won penalties in the Reds' encounters against Newcastle United and Arsenal where they won in a convincing manner.
Daily Star however reports that the 56-year-old has accused Salah of going to the ground far more easily this season.
The former Roma and Chelsea star scored twice in Saturday’s dramatic 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace – taking his tally to 50 Premier League goals.
However, the victory was stained by the Egyptian's efforts to earn his side a spot-kick in the game - an attitude Cascarino claims the striker is learning from Ronaldo.
"This season he seems to be a different player," he wrote in his column in The Times. "The goals and quality are still there but he has crossed the line when it comes to his diving.
"There have been a few contentious incidents with Salah winning penalties this season but on Saturday, in Liverpool’s win against Palace, he blatantly dived in the penalty area (below).
“It seems as though there is an added ruthlessness in his game, which is why he is crossing into doing whatever it takes to win games.
"Perhaps it stems from the pressure that Liverpool players potentially feel in terms of winning a trophy this season.
"And if so, Salah certainly won’t be the first star name willing to cheat to gain an advantage.
"Cristiano Ronaldo’s willingness to go to ground easily in the area only increased as his career progressed.
“I’m sure Liverpool fans won’t care but it does leave a sour taste. "Another thing that the Salah dive highlights is a need for a rethink on retrospective punishment.
"Just because he didn’t successfully con the referee, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be punished for trying to."
READ ALSO: NAIJ.com upgrades to Legit.ng
Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League was reduced back to four points with Manchester City’s 3-0 defeat of Huddersfield on Sunday.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was named Sky Sports' standout Premier League superstar of the year.
The 26-year-old has been impressive for the Reds since joining them in the summer of 2017 from Italian League side AS Roma.
He scored 32 goals and assisted 10 assists in his debut season for Jurgen Klopp's side in his first - winning the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.
NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have upgraded to serve you better.
Rio Ferdinand admires Okocha, reveals why he quit boxing and problem with Man United | Legit TV