Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has heaped praise on Reds attacker Mohamed Salah for his performance against Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday.
The Egyptian international had something of a mixed outing in northern Austria, but managed to score a sensational goal as the European champions won 2-0 to secure their passage through to the next round of the Champions League.
It was the 27-year-old’s sublime strike which drew Owen’s attention: “That Salah goal was off the scale,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account.
“His hardest chance by far. Everything against him. Wow.”
That Salah goal was off the scale. His hardest chance by far. Everything against him. Wow.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) December 10, 2019
This was very much an uneven performance from Salah, there’s no doubt about that. The former Roma man had a whole host of chances to make life a lot easier for Jurgen Klopp’s team than it actually ended up being. The statistics demonstrate that he wasn’t quite at his best on Tuesday. As per WhoScored.com, Salah had nine shots, but only three of them were on target. However, he did produce two key passes and one successful dribble. But he was also dispossessed once and had one unsuccessful touch of the ball. So it was very much an up and down kind of game for the Liverpool talisman. However, what cannot be disputed is the magnificence of the goal that he scored. As Owen says, everything was against him. The goalkeeper had come out, he had a defender for company and the angle was absolutely miniscule. Yet he found the back of the net. That pretty much summed his evening up.