Diogo Jota responds to Newcastle legend Alan Shearer’s diving blast | Football

Diogo Jota came in for criticism after winning a penalty for Liverpool against Newcastle (Picture: Getty Images)

Diogo Jota has dismissed criticism after winning a penalty for Liverpool against Newcastle on New Year’s Day, after Alan Shearer accused him of performing ‘as clear a dive as you will ever see.’

The match finished 4-2 to Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah scoring his second of the game from the penalty spot after Jota won the penalty.

The Portuguese forward went down in the penalty box after being tripped by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, although it did look odd as Jota took a couple of steps after the contact before going down.

It even seemed like Jota could put the ball in the empty net but instead went down to win the spot-kick.

Shearer wasn’t impressed, posting on social media: ‘F***ing embarrassing.

The Newcastle and England hero added on The Rest Is Football podcast: ‘Yeah, he f***ing dived. Pretty simple. That is as clear a dive you will ever see.

‘There was a tiny bit of contact, but he could have just stayed on his feet and tapped it in.’

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Alan Shearer was not impressed with Jota at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)

In response to the criticism, Jota has pointed out that even Dubravka admitted there was contact, so he is not particularly bothered by anyone hitting out at him.

‘Listen, of course I saw some comments from ex-players and people who are paid to talk about situations,’ he said. ‘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.’

Dubravka said of the incident: ‘I tried to pull my arms and not catch him. I felt the contact but I don’t know what else I should do. In the end it was a penalty, so there’s no point in arguing with them.’

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Jota went down confusingly late after clashing with Dubravka (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool are back in action in the Premier League at Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, riding high at the top of the table and with the chance to extend their lead over Manchester City to five points.

‘I hope we can be in the discussion until the end,’ said Jota. ‘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.’


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