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'That's the problem': Former Liverpool star pinpoints issue with key Anfield pair

Liverpool’s title defence has been nothing short of disastrous, and Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle epitomised the club’s season.

Leading since the fourth minute, Jurgen Klopp’s men contrived to concede an equaliser five minutes into injury-time.

It’s a result that leaves the champions marooned in sixth, four points away from a Champions League spot and 23 behind leaders Manchester City.

Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were integral to last season’s title triumph, leading the club’s goalscoring chart with 19 and 18 league goals respectively.

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Salah has actually improved on last season’s total, with 20 so far, and it was the Egyptian who put his side 1-0 up at Anfield on Saturday.

Mane, however, has been nowhere near as dangerous this time around, with just eight league goals to his name.

Michael Owen knows what it takes to find the net in a Liverpool shirt, having scored 158 goals in 297 appearances for the club.

Speaking on BT Sport after the draw against Steve Bruce’s side, he accused both Salah and Mane of not being natural finishers.

The 41-year-old said: “That’s the problem: Mane, brilliant player, scores lots of goals. Salah, unbelievable player as well, scores lots of goals.

“But they’re not natural finishers, they’re not someone that you can hang your hat on.

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“They’ve scored goals consistently because Liverpool have, like today, created so many chances.

“But they’ve been wanting, or the team have been found wanting a lot of the season with missed chances.”

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