Michael Owen questions Sadio Mane for failing to dive to win Liverpool penalty against Newcastle

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Michael Owen was ‘surprised’ that Liverpool striker Sadio Mane did not attempt to win a penalty when Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow appeared to hold him by the leg in Wednesday night’s draw .

The Premier League leaders lost two points at St James’ Park, largely due to an exceptional display by Darlow.

But the Newcastle striker was lucky that referee Paul Tierney didn’t award Liverpool a penalty 10 minutes from time when he caught Mane just as he seemed certain to score just a few yards away.

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow appeared to catch the leg of Liverpool striker Sadio Mane as he struggled to reach the ball in Wednesday night’s goalless draw.

Specialist Michael Owen was 'amazed' Mane didn't come down to try and win a penalty

Specialist Michael Owen was “astonished” that Mane did not go down to try to win a penalty

Owen said sometimes players have to go to the floor to make sure the refs have a call to make.

Owen said sometimes players have to go to the floor to make sure the refs have a call to make.

This allowed defender Fabian Schar to come back and clear the ball off the line, ensuring Newcastle would take an unexpected point against the defending champions.

But former Liverpool and Newcastle striker Owen, an Amazon Prime expert, was stunned that Mane didn’t go down and try to win a crucial penalty for his side.

Owen said: “I’m amazed Mane didn’t scream and ask the referee why it’s not a penalty and I’m surprised he didn’t fall because he’s pretty clearly grabbed by the players. two arms.

One certainly touches it and the other catches it. One wonders if he would have exploited him without getting caught there, maybe not.

“But whatever the situation, you can’t grab somebody’s legs and he’s clearly grabbed their right leg over there and is preventing them from swinging it.

Liverpool seem certain to score but Darlow manages to push the ball against Mane's knee

Liverpool seem certain to score but Darlow manages to push the ball against Mane’s knee

The ball bounces but Mane still has a tap-in if he can pass Darlow to the ball

The ball bounces but Mane still has a tap-in if he can pass Darlow to the ball

Darlow appears to grab Mane's leg but the Liverpool striker doesn't try to get off

Darlow appears to grab Mane’s leg but the Liverpool striker doesn’t try to get off

Mane tries to climb on Darlow to reach for the ball but the keeper does about enough

Mane tries to climb on Darlow to reach for the ball but the keeper does about enough

This allows defender Fabian Schar to come back and hook the ball to a safe place in time

This allows defender Fabian Schar to come back and hook the ball to a safe place in time

As a center forward what most of the players try to do is make things more obvious to the referee which is why we were surprised he didn’t fall.

“We should also applaud the honesty, we see so many times this season players fall down when there has been hardly any contact or any contact at all, so I think we should applaud it.

But I’m sure Jurgen Klopp would think tonight if he fell he can’t come out and say it, but I’m sure he thinks if he fell we would have won a penalty there.

It just goes to show that it’s next to impossible for a referee to give a penalty unless you fall. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, the umpires don’t care, actually they prefer, if you get off and it gives them a decision to make.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side are three points clear at the top of the standings at the end of 2020

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are three points clear at the top of the standings at the end of 2020

“In that case, anyone can say whatever they want, ‘oh yes, that should have been a penalty’ but no referee will give it.

“So it’s almost better for a referee if you go down, give him a decision to make. “

The goalless draw means Liverpool end 2020 three points clear at the top of the Premier League, but second-placed Manchester United have a game in hand.

Liverpool are next in action when they visit Southampton on Monday night.

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