Former Liverpool forward Michael Owen says Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are not natural finishers.
The Englishman spoke after the Reds failed to get a victory against Newcastle United last weekend at Anfield. Despite Salah scoring Liverpool’s goal in the 1-1 draw and competing for this season’s Golden Boot, Owen is still not convinced by Salah’s natural finishing instincts.
Both Salah and Mane, as well as Liverpool’s other forwards, struggled to convert chances last Saturday which dented their hopes of finishing in the top four.
Owen, who himself scored 158 goals for the Reds, says that Salah and Mane are not “natural finishers”.
“That’s the problem, Mane, brilliant player, scores lots of goals. Salah, unbelievable player as well, scores lots of goals.
“But they’re not natural finishers, they’re not someone that you can hang your hat on.
“They’ve scored goals consistently because Liverpool have, like today, created so many chances. But they’ve been wanting, or the team have been found wanting a lot of the season with missed chances.”
Salah is Liverpool’s top goal scorer with 20 league goals from 33 appearances while Mane has scored just eight goals from 30 appearances so far this season. With only five league games left in the regular season, the duo will be eager to help the team finish stronger.
Liverpool currently sit in sixth spot on the Premier League table with 54 points from 33 games. Four points separate them and fourth-placed Chelsea and they are in a race against time to secure Uefa Champions League football for next season.
On Sunday afternoon, Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Manchester United at Old Trafford as they look to get back to winning ways.
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