Salah and Mane drew a blank on Thursday evening as Chelsea sealed a 1-0 victory at Anfield.
Mane missed an excellent chance in the first half but the Senegal international could have also won a penalty following a challenge from Andreas Christensen.
And Owen believes Mane’s decision to stay on his feet could be intentional in order to deny Salah the chance to score from the penalty spot.
‘I couldn’t believe he didn’t go down there and look, I’m not advocating he does,’ Owen told Premier League Productions.
‘It was a great touch and he possibly thought he might get a chance at the end of it… but he did something similar a week ago [against Sheffield United].
‘I just wonder, and it might be a little bit of devious thoughts creeping into my head, Mo Salah is the penalty taker in this team, and if he [Mane] thinks he’s getting a chance to score he thinks, ‘well I’m going to score, if I don’t stay on my feet, Mo Salah’s going to get another penalty’.
‘These players have been going for the golden boot for the past couple of seasons.
‘It might be a wild sort of theory, but the competitive nature of him and Mo Salah…we’ve seen them not passing to each other when one of them is in a much better position to the other.
‘I just think a couple of times there, I’ve seen Mane go down for those kind of opportunities…and [to not do it] two games on the spin? It just made me think a little bit.’