Salah is making me look average, says Michael Owen
Former Liverpool forward Michael Owen says that Salah is making him, Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez look average.
Mohamed Salah is having by far the best season of his professional career as he already scored 41 goals across all competitions and is only six goals away from equaling Ian Rush’s record as the player with the most goals in a single season for the Reds.
He also became the African player with the most goals in a single Premier League season (31) and by doing so he also equaled Robbie Fowler, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez’s record as the player with the most Premier League goals in one season.
“Maybe, as Klopp suggested last week, we shouldn’t be too surprised at the rise and rise of Mohamed Salah. After all, his stats at Roma were impressive, with 19 goals last season,” Owen published on the DailyMail.
“That said, he is beginning to make me and the likes of Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez look average. And I don’t think anyone predicted he would score 41 goals by now for the club,” he added.
The 2001 Ballon d’Or winner says that Salah’s equalizer in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City was the moment he realized the Egyptian had massively improved.
“If there is one moment which exemplified the improvement, it was the chipped goal he scored at the Etihad to make it 1-1 against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final second leg,”
“But that chip against City changed my mind. With great goal-scorers, their mind works slower when they get a chance. Normal human behaviour when there is an accident, a crisis or stressful situation is to talk faster, breath heavier and panic,” he confirmed.
“Being one on one with a goalkeeper clearly isn’t as stressful as a genuine trauma. But in professional terms, it can induce anxiety and provoke similar reactions. Yet the best players can repress all of that. Most people’s hearts race given a chance like that,”
“Salah has perfected the art of seeing the game in slow motion, allowing himself time to pick the right finish, even when the real-time speed is 100mph,” he concluded
Salah will be looking to win his first major individual trophy as he is one of the favorites the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday night alongside Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
Liverpool will try and forget their disappointing 2-2 draw against bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as they will face AS Roma in UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.
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