Michael Owen delivers verdict on Mo Salah at Liverpool FC

Former Liverpool FC striker Michael Owen has his say on Mohamed Salah's selfishness

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen (Photo: BT Sport)

Michael Owen says Liverpool FC forward Mohamed Salah is a “selfish” player.

The Reds star has been roundly criticised for his unwillingness to pass the ball to his team-mates in goal-scoring positions following Liverpool FC’s 3-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend.

Liverpool FC eased to a straightforward win courtesy of Chris Wood’s own goal before Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino got on the score-sheet for the visitors.

Salah had the chance to tee up both Firmino and Mane in the second half to extend Liverpool FC’s lead but the former PFA player of the year opted to take on a shot both times.

His strike partner Mane was furious with Salah following his substitution, which James Milner and Roberto Firmino required to calm down the Senegal international.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen admitted that Salah is a selfish player, especially when you consider how unselfish his striker partner Firmino is in the Reds team.

“When you look at Liverpool’s front three, you have Roberto Firmino, who is probably the most unselfish player in the world – he would lay on anything – so would be a dream to play with,” Owen told ESPN FC.

“At the other end of the spectrum, you have Mo Salah, who is just focused on scoring and wanting to be the goalscorer.

“Then you have Sadio Mane, who sits in between – he likes scoring and is selfish when he needs to be – but he’s also quite generous in his passing.

“I think you have a great balance there, but it just boiled over the other day. I was doing the [Burnley-Liverpool] game for television and I said at the time,

“Have you seen that? There are a couple of times he [Salah] should have been passing.”

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

The former Chelsea FC winger scored 32 times in 36 games in his first Premier League season as a Liverpool FC player to win the division’s golden boot.

He retained the award last term, although Salah had to share it with Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after all three players ended up on 22 goals.

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