Former Liverpool legend Michael Owen targeted the “Reds” duo, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, after the team’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle, by claiming that they were not “strikers” by nature.
Despite Salah’s goal after just three minutes in the match that took place yesterday, Saturday at Anfield, before Joseph Willock snatched the equalizer in the 95th minute, Owen, the former Reds striker, admitted that he did not believe that the Egyptian or Senegalese Mane were “natural scorers.”
“This is the problem. Mane is a brilliant player, he scores a lot of goals, and Salah is also an incredible player, he scores a lot of goals,” Owen said on “BT Sport” sports channel.
And he continues: “But they are not scorers by nature, as they are not the two people that you can always rely on in scoring. They have scored consistently with Liverpool, and they created a lot of opportunities but they did not use them well.”
For his part, German coach Jürgen Klopp said that the result of the draw was very disappointing, explaining: “I do not think that you can create many more chances than we did against Newcastle.”
Klopp added, in statements to “BT Sport”: We did not finish the match properly and we did not play enough, it was not complicated. ”
In the next round, Liverpool will play second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League on May 2.
Liverpool are currently sixth with 54 points from 33 games and their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League have been hit.