‘Off the scale’: Michael Owen raves about Mo Salah’s goal in Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win at Salzburg
BT Sport pundit Michael Owen raves about Mohamed Salah's goal in Liverpool FC's 2-0 win over Salzburg on Tuesday night
Michael Owen described Mohamed Salah’s goal as “off the scale” in Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win against RB Salzburg on Tuesday night.
The Reds travelled to Austria knowing that they needed three points to be assured of a place in the Champions League knockout stage.
Salah was guilty of wasteful finishing in the first half after the Egypt international missed two clearcut chances to break the deadlock.
Guinea international Naby Keita made the breakthrough in the 57th minute with a powerful header after Sadio Mane’s cross found his fellow African.
Salah netted a brilliant solo goal a minute later when the Egyptian forward finished from a tight angle to double Liverpool FC’s lead.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen took to Twitter to praise Salah for his clinical finish in the second half.
Owen wrote on his Twitter account: “That Salah goal was off the scale. His hardest chance by far. Everything against him. Wow.”
Speaking to BT Sport about Salah’s brilliant finish in the second half, Owen added:
“I love this goal because first of all look at the press by him. You know as a centre forward, (Jordan) Henderson’s not going anywhere else.
“He’s got to just clear it here. The ball needs to be cleared into an area (before Salah gets to it). It’s all about the weight of the touch. You’ve got the momentum and if you take a touch a little bit light the goalkeeper gets to it but if you take it heavy you go too close to the byline.
“He took it to the absolutely perfect area whereby yes, it makes a chance hard, and if he touches it any harder he makes the chance impossible but if he touches it any shorter it’s impossible as well.
“It’s all about the weight of the pass and then what’s hard about it is the speed that he is running. Added to that he’s on his right foot and you can see the way it bends it literally skims that first post and only just goes in the back post.”
Liverpool FC finished top of their Champions League group after the Reds ended up a point ahead of Serie A giants Napoli following their 2-0 victory over RB Salzburg.
The Merseyside outfit will take on the Premier League’s basement club Watford in their next top-flight fixture at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool FC are sitting eight points ahead of second-placed Leicester City in the Premier League table.
Klopp’s side are looking to reach their third successive Champions League final this term.
Liverpool FC were 2-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Madrid back in June.