Michael Owen has told Premier League Productions on Sunday evening that he thinks Mo Salah is being more “selfish” than normal, following Liverpool’s inability to beat Manchester United on Sunday at Anfield.
The two sides went into the weekend in first and second place, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men overtaking Liverpool into first place. But the two sides played out an equal, tentative 0-0 draw in which both had chances.
Paul Pogba probably came to closest to scoring, blasting a close-range effort at Alisson – who made a stunning stop to turn the ball around the post. The scoreline saw Liverpool drop to fourth place in the Premier League table.
Liverpool icon Owen criticised the £34million (BBC) signing and claimed that although he is renowned for being somewhat selfish – he was more so against Manchester United, stating that Salah did not pass the ball enough.
“There is a lot of selfishness creeping in, I’ve seen that again,” Owen said. “Mo Salah is not passing enough of the ball again. He’s never passed it much, but there are extremes. The last sort of few games I’m thinking ‘come on’.”
TBR’s view – Salah needs to be patient, rather than forcing it
Owen’s comments are bang on. What is evident that as the goals dry up, Salah is looking to force more chances rather than allowing the attacking rhythm to flow – and nab the chances he gets. Clearly, he is desperate to score.
The Egyptian needs to remind himself that if he is patient again, the chances will come. Forcing it, looking to score goals by himself and failing to keep possession alongside his teammates will only play to his detriment.