Michael Owen told Premier League Productions (14/08/21 at 7:35 pm) that Mohamed Salah showed how ‘one-footed’ he is during Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Norwich.
Liverpool opened their account for the new Premier League season by dispatching the champions of the Championship in their own backyard.
Salah was one of the stars of the show for Liverpool as he topped his two assists with a typical curling effort that put the red cherry on the cake for Jurgen Klopp.
Owen dissected Salah’s goal and the technique he used, as Tim Sherwood compared him to Lionel Messi.
“This goal was incredible,” said Sherwood. “The touch is tremendous. I mean this ball comes right along the line of all the defenders. That (first touch) is exquisite. It’s a Messi-esque. If Lionel Messi does that we are shouting about that from the rooftops.”
Owen added: “The backspin on it. He kills it dead. But he almost pushes it away and the ball naturally pulls back towards him, so he can hit it.
“To drag the ball from your right foot to send your left foot across your body, to pull it across onto your left foot, it shows how one-footed he is.
“But his touch, where I have seen it a few times now where you think ‘how have you done that?’ You are dragging it from an impossible position.”
Last season, Salah missed out on the Golden Boot award to Harry Kane despite Liverpool struggling for large parts of the season.
But with the Merseyside giants back to their best, well-balanced and refreshed, this might be the season for Salah to win back that title from Kane.
Usually, Kane would be one of the players to challenge and tussle with Salah for that top-scorer award, but with the transfer saga surrounding the Englishman and Man City, he might not get back on the field until next month.
Kane only returned to training on Friday, so this gives Salah a great chance to steam ahead before the Spurs striker gets his engine going again.