Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has called for the rules of offside in football to be changed, following Mo Salah’s controversial goal against Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Wolves are back in action tonight against Nottingham Forest.
But there is still a lot of talk about the weekend’s game at Anfield, which played host to two very contentious decisions.
The first of those was when Salah scored for the hosts in the second-half to put the Reds 2-1 up.
Cody Gakpo played the ball into the box, with Toti Gomes leaping to head the ball. It dropped behind him to Salah, who then scored.
Replays showed that Salah was comfortably offside as the ball left Gakpo’s foot.
However, because Toti made an attempt to play the ball, the fact Salah was offside became irrelevant.
Essentially, Toti was punished for trying to defend rather than gambling and letting the ball go over his head.
The decision for the goal to stand was correct, but it has brought the current law into the spotlight. And former Red Murphy was on talkSPORT today calling for it to be changed.
He said: “That rule that they used or interpreted to say that Salah was onside has got to go. You can’t have defenders not allowed to try and intercept balls in case they touch it and the offside players gets it. Did you see the goal??
“What you’re then asking defenders to do is forget the habits of 20 years of growing up playing football and trying to intercept balls.
“The rule suggests that if you deliberately make an attempt to play the ball, and then it goes to a player that’s offside, he’s then onside. But every attempt to defend is deliberate, isn’t it really?”
Danny Murphy is spot on, offside rule must change after Mo Salah’s goal against Wolves
It is good to hear this issue is still being spoken about days on from the game.
It cannot be swept under the carpet. The goal Salah scored was legitimate, but it should never have allowed to be.
Defenders can’t be punished for trying to do their job when they don’t know players are in offside positions. It is a natural instinct to play.
Murphy is right. The rule simply has to change so we can avoid scenarios that punish defenders for trying to do their job.