Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has addressed the comments made by football pundit Alan Shearer, who didn’t hold back in expressing his thoughts on the penalty decision against Newcastle United.
Jota was fouled by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka after successfully rounding him, resulting in a yellow card for the goalkeeper.
Mohamed Salah capitalised on the situation, stepping up to convert the penalty and secure Liverpool’s fourth goal as they cruised to a 4-2 victory at Anfield.
Sharing his thoughts online on the penalty incident, the top goal-scorer for the Magpies wrote:
“What a great dive that is,” along with three laughing emojis. Fellow Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright added his own comment saying: “Would rather go down for a penalty than put the ball in an empty net!”
After the game, Dúbravka has admitted Liverpool’s second penalty was a legitimate one. He said as quoted by the Mirror, “My arms are not trying to catch him. I don’t have to agree but at the end of the day it was a penalty.”
Jota has finally responded to Alan Shearer’s comments, saying, “Listen, of course I saw some comments from ex-players and people who are paid to talk about situations
“The only thing I can say is even the keeper said it was a touch and I didn’t feel the conditions to stay up. So that’s it.
“Would I rather put the ball in the net than see Mo take a penalty? Yes, of course. That’s what I like to do – to score goals. That’s all I have to say.”
Liverpool are top of the league table with 45 points, two points ahead of defending champions Manchester City.
The Reds will face Bournemouth on Sunday and a win would strengthen their lead at the summit.
“I hope we can be in the discussion until the end,” says Diogo Jota of the title race.
“We know how strong City are and how strong they can be in the second lap of the league. We just hope we can be part of the fight again, and hopefully we are above them in the end.
“But we know City are a very strong opponent and De Bruyne is a world-class player and one of the ones who can make a difference, like he did two years ago when we were in that discussion about the title until the last game.
“He was decisive in that game (against Aston Villa). But, look, we also have those kind of players and there is a long way to go until we reach those decisive moments, so we just have to focus on the next few months first to try to be there at the end.
“We have a lot of games and a lot of hard competitions but we want it to be like two years ago and not like last year when we didn’t perform the way we wanted to. It’s exciting times.”