Michael Owen believes Liverpool should have had a penalty against Newcastle United on Wednesday. The Reds drew 0-0 against the Magpies.
Liverpool played out another disappointing draw against Newcastle. That’s despite several great chances.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all out of form going forward. There were several opportunities to score or create great chances but none of the front-three took them.
It means more dropped points after the 1-1 with West Brom at the weekend. Very disappointing.
But should Liverpool have had a penalty against Newcastle? Michael Owen believes so – if only Mane had gone down.
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There was a moment in the second-half where Fabian Schar cleared one off the line after a Karl Darlow save. As Mane follows in, however, Darlow clearly grabs the forward around the leg and prevents him from getting there.
Mane didn’t react, though, and play continued.
“I’m astonished that, one, Mane didn’t shout and ask the referee why it’s not a penalty but two, I’m surprised he didn’t go down there,” Owen told Premier League Productions.
“Because he was quite clearly grabbed. It’s open to debate whether he would have tapped it in there – possibly not – but whatever the situation, you can’t grab someone’s legs.
“And quite clearly, [Darlow] grabs [Mane’s] right leg and prevents him from swinging it.”
Kevin Nolan, also in the studio, said it ‘definitely’ would have been a penalty – if only Mane had gone down.
What RTK has to say
It’s a tough one. On the one hand, if Mane does go down, it’s definitely a penalty. But he didn’t.
The grab didn’t seem to stop him very much and it does make it strange one to judge. Has he hindered Mane there? You’d think yes, but surely Mane goes down and makes a fuss?
It comes down to the same old issue – if you don’t go down, you don’t get the decision.
Liverpool probably could have won a penalty here but we won’t pretend it’s the reason the Reds didn’t win. Their finishing wasn’t good at all and it cost them.
But yes, the penalty could have saved the day. Hopefully, next time, Liverpool get it.