FC Porto president Pinto da Costa was far from impressed by Mohamed Salah’s challenge on Danilo, who he believes should “thank God” that his leg remains unbroken.
Salah came under the spotlight at Anfield during the final 10 minutes of Liverpool’s 2-0 first leg win over Porto for their Champions League quarter-final tie for a studs-up tackle on Danilo.
The Portuguese midfielder was left unharmed by the challenge, with Salah not even receiving so much as a yellow card for what could have been a dangerous tackle.
Although the Egyptian forward did have to wait for a VAR review before getting the all-clear from the match officials and, therefore, he cannot be punished for the incident.
“Danilo should thank God because this is a leg-breaker — not trying to kick the ball,” said Da Costa, according to ESPN.
“I thank God he does not have a broken leg.”
Meanwhile, the 81-year-old was left frustrated that Salah escaped a sanction while one of his own Porto players was booked for a similar challenge.
Da Costa added: “We want equality for everyone — look at Felipe’s tackle which brought a yellow and this [tackle by Salah] for which we are lucky Danilo is not en route to the hospital.
“We can score two goals just like we conceded here
“The first was the first time Liverpool passed the halfway line and with a deflection.
“We continued to chase the goal, we had chances, there was a penalty which was not given for handball — just look — and Felipe was also caught.”
Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino were the scorers on Tuesday night as Liverpool took control of the tie with a 2-0 aggregate lead.
The Reds will now play host to Chelsea at Anfield for a Premier League match against Chelsea on Sunday before heading out to Porto for the return leg of their Champions League clash next Wednesday.