Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen, has histrionically accused the membership’s ahead, Sadio Mane, of avoiding profitable penalties as he doesn’t need teammate, Mohamed Salah to attain.
Owen made the claims after Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0 within the Premier League on Thursday night time at Anfield, because of Mason Mount’s strike.
Recall that Salah, who’s Liverpool’s first-choice spot-kick taker, regarded set to be handed one other golden probability to extend his targets tally to 18 this season from 12 yards when Mane gave the Chelsea objective.
Andreas Christensen dangled out a slipshod leg however Mane acquired to teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ball first.
There might have been sufficient contact for Mane to win a penalty, however as an alternative, the Senegalese star tried to satisfy his heavy contact to attain.
Mane and Salah are each pushing to complete on the membership’s top-scorer this season, though the Egyptian worldwide boasts ten extra targets to his identify.
However Owen feels the competitors between each African gamers has taken on a nasty twist.
“I couldn’t consider he [Mane] didn’t go down there and look, I’m not advocating he does,” Owen instructed Optus Sport.
“It was a terrific contact and he probably thought he would possibly get an opportunity on the finish of it however he did one thing comparable per week in the past [against Sheffield United].
“I simply marvel and it is likely to be just a few devious ideas creeping into my head, Mo Salah is the penalty taker on this group, and if he [Mane] thinks he’s getting an opportunity to attain, he thinks, ‘nicely I’m going to attain, if I don’t keep on my ft, Mo Salah’s going to get one other penalty.’
“These gamers have been going for the golden boot for the previous couple of seasons.
“It is likely to be a wild form of principle, however the aggressive nature of him and Mo Salah… we’ve seen them not passing to one another when one in every of them is in a a lot better place than the opposite.
“We’re seeing just a little little bit of selfishness, we’re seeing just a little little bit of disgruntled behaviour – Mo Salah shaking his head (when he was subbed off).
“I simply assume a few instances there, I’ve seen Mane go down for these sorts of alternatives…and (to not do it) two video games on the spin? It simply made me assume just a little bit.”