Collymore made it clear during his post-match TalkSport show that he was disgusted with Carroll's laughable attempt to con the referee:
Collymore was equally scathing about James Perch's disgraceful play-acting after the Pepe Reina's attempted headbutt:
Collymore vented his frustration on Twitter, arguing that both Carroll and James Perch should be punished. He tweeted:
"Not many suggesting punishments for diving, so is it now with us for good? I say give Carroll/Perch three game bans. They won't do it again"
I totally agree with this. Currently, there is absolutely no incentive for players not to dive; 99% of the time, they get away with it, and even when the dive is as blatant as Carroll's, managers implicitly condone the behaviour by doing absolutely nothing about it.
Kenny Dalglish is guilty of this; after the Newcastle game, he disputed that Carroll dived, and argued that he'd merely 'stumbled' in the box. That excuse is almost as embarrassing as the dive itself.
Perch's dive was just as bad as Carroll's, and although Reina deserved to be sent off for the intent, he can perhaps feel a little aggrieved at the obvious play-acting that caught the referee's attention.
Liverpool's players were furious with Perch, and after the game, they showed their support for Reina in typical LFC fashion:
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