Michael Owen plays down concerns about Mo Salah at Liverpool FC

The Liverpool FC legend isn't concerned about Mo Salah's current form

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC striker Mo Salah Photo: Mo Salah / Liverpool FC

Michael Owen insists he isn’t worried about Mohamed Salah’s current blip at Liverpool FC.

Salah enjoyed a sensational first season at the Anfield outfit after the Liverpool FC number 11 scored 43 times in all competitions in the 2017-18 season.

The Egypt international netted 32 goals in the Premier League to finish as the division’s leading goal-scorer ahead of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

Salah scooped the PFA player of the year award for his incredible performance but his critics suggested that the African forward would be a one-season wonder.

The 25-year-old has scored three goals in 10 appearances in all competitions in the current campaign to fuel the discussion about Salah being a one-hit wonder.

The former Fiorentina striker was hauled off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening to accommodate substitute Xherdan Shaqiri in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC.

Salah completed 90 minutes of Liverpool FC’s 1-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday night but the African star struggled to get involved in the game.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen believes Salah’s blip is temporary and is confident the Egypt striker will improve his record in front of goal.

“He’s a bit down on his conversion rate,” Owen told BT Sport.

“He’s still getting the chances – he’s having a lot of shots. But he’s just not banging them in.

“I remember at the start of last season he was missing an awful lot of chances and we were asking if he is a natural goal-scorer. We were all debating it, and then he went on a great run.

“It’s just a little blip. Every goal-scorer has one. OK, he’s been brought off in a couple of games, but they’ve got so much competition and he’s had a full World Cup over the summer.

“I’d certainly not be getting worried about him. He’s still playing well.”

Salah moved to Liverpool FC in a £39m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma in the 2017 summer transfer window.

The reigning African footballer of the year spent eight months at Chelsea FC in 2014 but Salah struggled to hold down a regular start spot.

Salah moved on loan to Fiorentina and then AS Roma before the attacker completed a permanent move to the Italian capital.

However, the 25-year-old can take solace from the fact that he has an impressive record against Manchester City in the Champions League and the Premier League.

Salah got on the score sheet with a brilliant goal in a 4-3 win over Manchester City in January to end the Citizens’ unbeaten start to the 2017-18 season.

It’s just a little blip. Every goal-scorer has one

Michael Owen

The Egyptian forward scored in both legs of Liverpool FC’s 5-1 aggregate victory over Pep Guardiola’s side in the Champions League quarter-final in April.

Liverpool FC are in second place in the table and two points adrift of the defending champions in what promises to be a pulsating title race.

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