Michael Owen has suggested that neither Mo Salah or Sadio Mane are natural finishers at the club and that is part of the reason why the Reds have struggled this year.
Liverpool were once again made to pay for a lack of cutting edge at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as Newcastle United held firm before getting a hard-won point late on in the Premier League fixture between the two sides.
Indeed, it was another game where the Reds had large spells of dominance, particularly in the first-half, but could only find the net once and, ultimately, they paid the price late on.
And, for Michael Owen, a lack of a natural goal-scorer is part of the reason the Reds are struggling right now.
He said, via BT Sport and transcribed by us here at Anfield Watch:
Michael Owen: “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.” #awlfc [bt]
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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Salah, in particular, has scored a lot of goals for the Reds – even this season – but you can perhaps see where Michael Owen is coming from.
We’ve wasted a lot of chances this season and if there had been an out-and-out centre-forward in between the two perhaps this campaign would have been different.
It is what it is, though, and we have to try and deal with it.
Reds fan and writer for Anfield Watch, currently based in the south and still not over Xabi Alonso’s exit. Also a match-going reporter in the EFL.