Michael Owen said he was “very surprised” that Jurgen Klopp had replaced Mohamed Salah “for a 17-year-old” in Ben Doak in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Liverpool’s biggest threat up front was the 31-year-old, including his impressive first-half assist that opened the scoring. He was also unlucky not to make the top scorer himself.
From a disallowed goal for narrow offside to Owen’s right-footed shot that hit the bar, Mohamed Salah said he played “quite well” throughout the game Premier League Productions (08/13/23 at 7:10 p.m.).
But with just over ten minutes to go, Jurgen Klopp decided to sign two young talents – Ben Doak and Harvey Elliott – for Salah and Luis Diaz.
When Salah was eliminated, he made his feelings clear by angrily tearing the tape off his hand before taking his place on the bench.
Owen sympathized with the Egyptian star and shared that he actually had a very good game.
“I was surprised, yes,” Owen said. “I also understand his reaction. I was definitely surprised. I thought Mo Salah played quite well.
“It was his assist. An amazing support. It was his curvaceous right-footed shot that hit the bar. It was he who was literally inches offside and scored, things could have turned out very differently.
“He looked hot. He is an absolute legend of the club. Regularly scores dozens and dozens of goals each season.
“And bringing him up, for a 17-year-old, yes, I was very surprised.”
Salah is key to Liverpool’s title/UCL push
Last season, he scored 19 goals and provided 12 assists as those around him struggled to maintain the success of recent years.
That’s why there was a big sell-off this summer, especially in midfield, even if that wasn’t planned in part.
But if the Reds at least want to return to the Champions League and possibly fight for the Premier League title, Salah will have to do his best.
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