Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool FC’s 1-0 win over Napoli
The Liverpool FC legend believes the Reds should have won by a far greater margin after Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Napoli
Michael Owen felt Liverpool FC deserved their place in the Champions League round of 16 after Tuesday night’s nervous 1-0 win over Napoli.
Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk set the tone with a crunching tackle on Dries Mertens in the first half, winning the ball but catching the Belgian forward.
Mohamed Salah settled the nerves at Anfield with a precise finish to break the deadlock in 34th minute after the Egypt international darted past Kalidou Koulibaly and found the net.
Liverpool FC had 22 shots on goal but couldn’t extend their lead and Sadio Mane was particularly wasteful after the Senegal international missed a number of clear opportunities.
Mane was almost made to pay for his poor finishing when Arkadiusz Milik managed to find some space in Liverpool FC’s penalty area with only Alisson Becker to beat deep into injury time.
However, the Brazil number one managed to block Milik’s effort to secure a 1-0 win and book their place in the Champions League round of 16 draw next Monday.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen, who won the Uefa Cup with the Reds in 2001, felt the Reds could have won by a far greater margin.
“They certainly deserved to win tonight,” Owen told BT Sport.
“They could have scored three, four or five goals. It was a very good performance.
“And what a first four months of the season for Liverpool. Top of the league and into the knockout stage… this place is just bouncing now.”
Liverpool FC will switch their focus to the Premier League ahead of the visit of Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds are sitting at the top of the Premier League table.