Michael Owen says Mohamed Salah kept repeating the same mistake as Liverpool drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. The Egyptian was ‘quiet’.
Liverpool dropped points in the Premier League title race on Saturday evening as they drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur. It’s a gutting blow – but not a disastrous one.
For one thing, Spurs were the best side Liverpool still had to play in the league. They’re a world-class counter-attacking team, too, who arguably thrive against someone trying to play as the Reds do.
It was always the biggest banana skin, then – and one Liverpool couldn’t avoid in the end.
Spurs made it incredibly difficult for Liverpool to find space in the attacking third, packing a back five behind a midfield four. The Reds could only move from side to side, hoping to find a crack in Antonio Conte’s wall.
Eventually, Luis Diaz just sort of smashed the ball through the wall, benefitting from a ricochet for Liverpool’s equalising goal. But this was a very difficult game for the Reds’ forwards.
That’s something Michael Owen pointed out for Premier League Productions after the game. He mentioned how Mohamed Salah, in particular, struggled fro Liverpool.
“Mo Salah, very quiet,” said Owen. “Gave the ball away an awful lot, had a couple of wrong decisions, could have passed on couple of occasions.
“Sadio Mané, very quiet. Diaz was probably the bright spark.”
Mohamed Salah struggles for Liverpool
There’s no escaping that Salah had a tough night. We loathe to blame him for it, however, as Spurs set up specifically to stop him.
Conte didn’t just line up with a left-back in Ryan Sessegnon but also had Ben Davies offering cover as an extra centre-back. Son Heung-Min then tracked back relentlessly, meaning Salah always had at least two defenders on him.
But this shouldn’t be a shock. They did exactly the same thing back in December and it is a weakness at Liverpool. One that, unfortunately, they couldn’t find a way around tonight.