Bournemouth defender deems Salah’s penalty miss as ‘justice’ in post-match assessment

Liverpool ace missed the target from the spot kick.

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Relegation-threatened Bournemouth rocked the boat when they dealt Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool a defeat in their chase for Champions League qualification.

It was the one goal that set to the two sides apart, with Liverpool not at the races for the entirety of the contest.

Philip Billing’s goal was enough to take it to the former Premier League champions and Adam Smith did not hold back in a post-match interview.

Mohamed Salah had a chance to equalise from 12 yards out in the 70th minute when his side were awarded a penalty, but the 30-year-old uncharacteristically missed the target.

A VAR review deemed a spot kick was necessary as the Cherries defender seemingly used his arm to block a goal-bound Diogo Jota header.

The Bournemouth defender described the Egyptian’s miss as ‘justice’.

“It’s just justice, honestly. It’s what should have happened. They didn’t deserve to score that, so it’s nice that he missed it.” Smith told BBC Radio Solent.

Smith claimed that both Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson agreed with his claims that Klopp’s side didn’t merit the penalty from the offset.

Despite the subjectivity of the penalty decision, Liverpool were not primed to beat rock-bottom Bournemouth and so paid the price with a damning 1-0 defeat.

The Reds will now be looking to put a disappointing Saturday afternoon behind them as they square up against Real Madrid to clinch back in their European contest.

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