Michael Owen reacts to controversial penalty in Liverpool FC’s 1-1 draw with Everton

The Liverpool FC legend reacts to the Reds' performance in Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield

Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen Photo: Screen grab

Michael Owen criticised referee Craig Pawson for a controversial penalty award in Liverpool FC’s 1-1 draw with Everton in Sunday’s Merseyside derby.

Jurgen Klopp’s side welcomed the bitter rivals to Anfield in search of a fourth successive Premier League victory to extend their unbeaten domestic run to eight games.

Liverpool FC were emphatic 5-1 winners against promoted side Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend before a 7-0 victory over Spartak Moscow mid-week to secure their place in the Champions League last 16.

Philippe Coutinho scored five times in their two landslide victories, while his compatriot Roberto Firmino netted three goals over the past week.

But Klopp made the decision to go with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solankle alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

And his prolific Egypt international broke the deadlock with a stylish finish inside the Everton area in the 43rd minute at Anfield.

Mane missed the chance to extend the home side’s lead before half-time when he led a counter-attacking move but failed to square a pass to Oxlade-Chamberlain or Salah with Everton outnumbered.

However, former Liverpool FC striker Owen was impressed with Klopp’s men after a dominant first-half performance.

Owen wrote on Twitter: “Total domination in that 1st half. 12 Liverpool shots to Everton’s 1 and a whopping 80% of possession for The Reds.”

However, Wayne Rooney levelled in the second half from the penalty spot when Dejan Lovren was adjudged to have shoved Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

But the retired England international felt the spot-kick award was the wrong decision.

Owen added: “Can’t believe Craig Pawson has given that. Such a soft pen.”

Liverpool FC hoisted themselves above Chelsea and into third place in the Premier League table following their Merseyside derby win.

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