Some Liverpool fans have been reacting on social media after Michael Owen slated Mohamed Salah for becoming obsessed with being the goalscorer in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Owen was speaking while serving as a pundit for BT Sport’s coverage of Liverpool’s Champions League Group Stage win over KRC Genk on Tuesday night, after the Egyptian laid on the assist for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s match-winning strike.
No player for either side attempted more shots than Salah on Tuesday night, though, with the 67-cap star trying his luck on six occasions and only seeing one of those force Gaetan Coucke into action, per WhoScored data.
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Salah’s desire to see his name written in the goalscorer’s list for the ninth time this season across all competitions has seen Owen suggest he has become obsessed with scoring, having previously been contempt with being the creative force instead.
“The way I read his game is that you can tell that it has changed over the years,” Owen told BT Sport, via the Liverpool Echo. “Five years ago watching him play, he would be beating players out wide and be laying balls on.
“He got the assist [for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal], but he is now a really hungry player for goals. It’s almost in the state where he is obsessed by goals. That has definitely developed over the years. He never used to be obsessed with goals.
“Now he has got a taste of it, [after he] won Golden Boots and been the main man. It’s almost like he feels a huge pressure to score all the time. That’s how I read it when I watch him play. I never, ever think he is going to pass when he goes in front of goal.”
Salah has averaged a shot in the Champions League every 22.5 minutes and every 23.2 minutes in the Premier League this season, compared to playing a key ball every 60 minutes in Europe and 50.5 minutes in the English top-flight.
Here are some of the reactions shared to Owen’s claim that Salah has become obsessed with scoring…
That’s why he won’t score even 20 this season
— Thomas kakariba (@Thomaskakariba2) November 5, 2019
He is right
— JM (@Liverbird_KE) November 5, 2019
Correct he had the knack to be in the right place for goals and looks like he’s lost that somehow maybe because he’s trying to hard
— Shane Boyd (@boydothewise) November 5, 2019
“BREAKING NEWS man who’s livelihood is to score goals, really wants to score goals” stunning analysis Michael
— Jayven Gill (@JGill818) November 5, 2019
The problem is the goals have dried up and he has become predictable to the opposition. He has to find another way to play but still be hungry at the same time.
— Miki Stylz (@StylzMiki) November 6, 2019
Michael Owen thinks everyone is selfish like him. Mo compares extremely well with Sadio and Bobby – see PL stats
— Sachin Talwar (@Tull865) November 6, 2019
Owen here is right. Salah used to be the provider first at Roma and Fiorentina. Until he arrived at LFC and became the main man. #LFC
— Muhammad A Ali (@MuhammadAAli17) November 6, 2019
Salah takes two men to mark him . What the hell are you talking about ?
— David Gallon (@DavidGallon) November 6, 2019
He pulled his hamstring saying that.
— Daniel Wood (@D_Wood90) November 6, 2019