Michael Owen has strangely accused striker Sadio Mane of not falling even after interventions in the penalty area because he is trying to stop Mohamed Salah from scoring more goals than him.
Liverpool lost for the fifth time in a row at home on Thursday night, while the goal of the second half of Mason Mount brought the 1-0 victory to Bluve against the Reds.
There were not many chances for the Premier League champions, whose title defense has certainly not been as good so far, although they may have had a penalty.
In the ninth minute of the game, Mane lowered a cross by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the area, ‘stealing time’ from defender Andreas Christensen, who then had contact with the striker.
The former Southampton player could have been knocked down, but instead stood up, to the annoyance of some Liverpool fans, and in the end the attack went to waste.
It was the second time in just a few days that the Senegal striker did not crash when he could have won a penalty, with a similar incident against Sheffield United at the weekend.
Former Reds striker Owen came up with a wild theory, claiming the 28-year-old is not winning on penalties, as he wants Salah not to score goals.
“I could not believe he did not fall, I do not support him. “It was a great touch and he probably thought he could have a chance… but he did something similar a week ago against Sheffield United,” Owen initially told Optus Sport.
“I just wonder, and it may be some of the bad thoughts that go into my head, Mo Salah is a penalty taker on this team and if Mane thinks he’s getting a chance to score he thinks ‘Well I will score,’ “If I do not stand up, Mo Salah will take another penalty.”
“These players have been competing for the golden shoe for the past two seasons. It may be a kind of wild theory, but its competitive nature and Mo Salah is such. “We have seen those who do not follow each other when one of them is in a much better position for the other.”
“We are seeing a bit of selfishness, we are seeing a bit of dissatisfaction – Mo Salah shaking his head. I just think a few times, have I seen Mane crash for those kind of opportunities… and not doing two games in a row? “It just made me think a little,” concluded the former English striker. / Telegraphy /