Michael Owen believes that Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has become extremely focused on scoring goals and is selfish in front of goal.
The Egypt international has risen into one of the best attackers in the world in recent years, where he’s part of a mesmerising front three next to Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Salah has scored eight goals in his 16 games across all competitions this season and finished last campaign with a tally of 27 goals.
He is a right-winger that usually likes to drift inside to his favoured right foot and definitely has a licence within Jurgen Klopp’s team to go into central positions.
The 27-year-old was unable to score on Tuesday night in the 2-1 Champions League group stage win against Genk, but wasted some good opportunities and looked a threat at Anfield.
Owen, who was appearing as a pundit on BT Sport, has noticed that Salah has transformed into a forward obsessed with scoring and doesn’t view it as a bad point.
“You can tell that his game has changed over years, five years ago watching him play he would be beating players out wide, but he just looks to me nowadays like a really, really hungry player for goals,” Owen told BT Sport 3.
“Almost to the state where he’s obsessed by goals and that’s definitely developed with him over the years. It’s almost like he feels a huge pressure to score all the time.
“I never think he’s going to pass in front of goal, it’s almost like he’s got a one-track mind and there’s nothing wrong with that. Certainly not a criticism, but it’s just intriguing how he’s involved over the years.”
Salah is at the peak of his powers right now in a Liverpool shirt and he hasn’t scored the goals he has for the Merseyside giants without being selfish at times.
Reds teammates Firmino and Mane may be slightly better for the team, but Salah has an individual quality that has really helped Klopp’s team turn into one of the world’s best teams.
It wouldn’t hurt if Salah did pick his head up at times to look around him, but he’s such an instinctive player that is unstoppable when on form and Liverpool fans surely wouldn’t want to change his game.