Diogo Jota hits back at Alan Shearer after x-rated criticism

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Diogo Jota has hit back at Alan Shearer after the all-time Premier League top goalscorer labelled his successful attempt to win a penalty against Newcastle United as “f***ing embarrassing”.

The Liverpool forward was roundly criticised for going to ground under minimal contact from Martin Dubravka late in a New Year’s Day clash with Newcastle United at Anfield, giving Mohamed Salah the chance to score from the penalty spot – which he duly took – instead of tapping into an empty net himself.

Following the incident, one of Jota’s biggest critics was Newcastle legend Shearer, who took to X (Twitter) to tweet “f***ing embarrassing” in relation to the incident, before elaborating on his sentiments in an episode of The Rest Is Football:

“Yeah, he f***ing dived. Pretty simple. That is as clear a dive you will ever see,” said Shearer. “There was a tiny bit of contact, but he could have just stayed on his feet and tapped it in.”

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Jota was accused of diving / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Speaking to the press, Jota has now responded to Shearer’s comments, insisting that he did not dive: “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.”

Jota was once again in stunning form for Liverpool on Sunday, earning himself a 9/10 in 90min’s player ratings thanks to his star turn in a thumping 4-0 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League at the Vitality Stadium.

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