Legendary Liverpool striker Michael Owen has sensationally accused Sadio Mane of avoiding winning penalties as he doesn’t want team-mate Mohamed Salah to score.
Owen’s claim came shortly after Liverpool’s 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea condemning them to a fifth straight loss at Anfield.
Mane and Salah are jostling to finish as the club’s top scorer this campaign, although the Egyptian superstar boasts 10 more goals to his name, and Owen believes the competition between them has taken on an unsavoury twist.
The bizarre accusation from former Golden Boot winner Owen centres around Mane not going to ground inside the box in the knowledge that Salah is Liverpool’s first-choice spot-kick taker.
And Salah, currently the top-flight’s leading scorer, looked set to be handed another golden chance to increase his tally to the season to 18 from 12 yards when Mane burst forwards towards the Chelsea goal.
Andreas Christensen dangled out a clumsy leg, and Mane got to Trent…
Source: Complete Sports