Mohamed Salah offside: Should Liverpool’s opener against Bournemouth have been disallowed?

Updated: 16/07/2024

Mohamed Salah was able to gratefully rifle home a close-range finish, after some questionable goalkeeping from Asmir Begovic in the 25th minute at the Vitality Stadium, enraging home fans who felt that the Liverpool forward was in an offside position in the build-up to his goal.

As a long-range effort from Robreto Firmino was struck, Salah was a yard the wrong side of Bournemouth's back four, seemingly in view of the linesman on the near side.

Firmino's strike was spilled by Begovic, who didn't manage to beat the ball away from the danger area, allowing the Egypt international to steal in and smash home an emphatic opening goal on the south coast.

Here's what happened:

Salah's positioning

Salah is caught the wrong side of the Bournemouth defence as the ball is struck (Sky Sports)

As Firmino strikes the ball from range, Salah is a yard the wrong side of his man. Given that it is in the same phase of play, once the rebound returns to the Liverpool star, he is technically still offside. Bournemouth defender Steve Cook appeals to the officials in vain.


According to the laws of the game, a player is in an offside position if:

  • any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents' half (excluding the halfway line) and
  • any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent

The hands and arms of all players, including the goalkeepers, are not considered. A player is not offside if level with the second last opponent or the last two opponents.


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