Michael Owen has criticism for Liverpool star Mo Salah, despite 20th goal of season
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Michael Owen has criticism for Liverpool star Mo Salah, despite 20th goal of season

Mo Salah scored his 20th goal of the season for Liverpool on Tuesday night against AC Milan – but Michael Owen has identified a couple of criticisms regarding the Reds superstar, in his analysis on BT Sport.

Salah, 29, finished instinctively against Milan to equalise after Fikayo Tomori had opened the scoring for the Italian side. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot was parried by Mike Maignan, only for Salah to score.

Liverpool went on to win the match thanks to Divock Origi’s brilliant header, again after Maignan had parried a shot. The Reds secured a stunning 18 points from a possible 18, thanks to the 2-1 win.

Salah is in the form of his life, branded the best player in the world at the moment by numerous pundits. His finish on Tuesday was his 20th goal of the season, reaching that tally in his 21st outing.

The ex-Chelsea and Roma man also has a much-improved nine assists this season. While Liverpool legend Owen stated that Salah has improved his finishing, he said it was “poor” at Chelsea, and that his movement needs work.


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“What he’s actually improved his actual finishing. I learnt early in life, he’s learnt later on by actually getting in the position. Repetition,” Owen said, on BT Sport’s Champions League Tonight.

“He was a poor finisher, average finisher – but he’s just got better. Instinctively, he could get better. I don’t think he’s got great movement, but his hardcore finishing has improved.”

Owen on Salah: Is criticism of Liverpool star’s movement harsh?

At the end of the day, even if Salah’s movement is not the best – he makes up with it thanks to his incredible finishing, his unbelievable dribbling ability and his underrated strength that allows him to shackle off defenders.

Salah has a bit of everything, even the work rate – starting the Liverpool press. He lacks any kind of impact aerially. So, while Owen might be right regarding his movement – his “improved” finishing certainly covers that.

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