Mohamed Salah during the Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor, Burnley, February 2022.

Watch: Liverpool’s Mo Salah denied clear penalty after clumsy foul

Mohamed Salah made his first Liverpool start since returning from Africa Cup of Nations duty in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Burnley – and was denied a first-half penalty after a clumsy challenge from Wout Weghorst.

Salah returned from the tournament having led Egypt to the final but suffered heartbreak in their penalty shoot-out defeat to Senegal on February 6.

The forward played a brief cameo role during last Thursday’s win over Leicester and returned to Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up for yesterday’s trip to Turf Moor.

Burnley may be propping up the Premier League table but nobody of a Liverpool persuasion expected an easy game given the reputation of Sean Dyche’s side.

And so it proved. In weather that would make ducks think twice about venturing outside, Liverpool secured a narrow victory through Fabinho’s goal late in the first-half.

Salah wasn’t able to get himself on the scoresheet but surely should have been awarded a penalty early in the game after he was felled by Weghorst’s clumsy lunge.

The 29-year-old looked primed to have a shot on goal until Burnley’s new signing clipped his trailing leg and sent Salah tumbling to the ground.

But referee Martin Atkinson deemed the incident unworthy of awarding Liverpool a spot-kick and the game continued.

After the game, Klopp saluted the efforts of his Liverpool players after they dodged a “banana skin” in their pursuit of Manchester City.

“It was a perfect afternoon,” Klopp said. “Rainy, windy, men’s football. Everything here today was set up for a banana skin for us. We were ready for it; we scored a goal from a set-piece which was brilliant.

“We didn’t have to do a lot, to be honest, because each ball in the air was tricky to defend, the wind came from all directions. We played the circumstances instead of suffering, I’m really happy about it.”

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