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Michael Owen Critical Of Mane And Salah

Former Red Michael Owen has been critical of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

It was another disappointing result for Liverpool over the weekend as they drew 1-1 with Newcastle United at Anfield. This not only adds to their home form woes but gives them an even bigger mountain to climb in their pursuit of top four.

Despite a fantastic early goal from Mohamed Salah, the highlighted topic after the game was Liverpool's failure to once again convert a large amount of chances they had throughout. Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen had his say on BT Sports after the game aiming criticism at Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in particular.

Mohamed Salah Newcastle

Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool's only goal against Newcastle United. 

Owen complimented both players' goal scoring record but was critical of their finishing suggesting both could be unreliable at times saying "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."

Not capitalising on scoring opportunities has been a common thread throughout Klopp's time at Liverpool but not to the extent it stands currently. Despite having a player like Mohamed Salah scoring 20 goals this season, a recent article published by the Daily Mail stated Liverpool are the 10th worst side in the league for converting chances which Owen was quick to point out also.

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“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."

The argument has been made by many fans that Salah should be free of criticism this season given his record in front of goal but a similar argument can be made that outside of goals he does not contribute enough to the rest of the team. Some fans have also called for Sadio Mane to be dropped and some even suggesting he should be sold in the summer.

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane has been misfiring this season with shouts for him to be dropped. 

Although both men are forwards, the problem lies beyond both Salah and Mane. Liverpool's inability to find the back of the net is just another part of what has been an all around miserable season for the Reds in all departments. Liverpool require much needed rejuvenation going into next season within the transfer market and also mentally and physically refreshed players returning to fold.

Liverpool fans can only hope that the summer break outside of Euro 2020 will have players returning to better form and put this exhausting season behind them.