Former England striker Michael Owen has complimented Mo Salah for Liverpool’s incredible start to the season and predicted that he will win the Ballon d’Or soon.
The ex-Three Lions midfielder lauds the 29-year-old Egyptian after his outstanding form for the Reds, in which he has 27 goals in 33 appearances.
The Reds are currently on a roll, having recently won the Carabao Cup after overcoming Chelsea 11-10 in a dramatic penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium following a 0-0 draw in normal and extra time.
Liverpool is also seeking the Premier League crown, currently sitting in second place with 63 points, six points behind leaders Manchester City but with a game in hand.
They’re also in the FA Cup quarter-finals, as well as the Champions League Round of 16, where they’ll meet Inter Milan in the second leg on Tuesday.”
Owen, who made 216 appearances for the Reds and scored 118 goals, believes the Egyptian international, whose latest double against Leeds United brought his total to 152 goals in all competitions for the club, has been wonderful for the club.
Salah needs seven goals to overtake Owen, who has 158 goals in all competitions for Liverpool, and he discusses his feelings on the player.
“When kids pull me down the street, none of these kids recognize me.” ‘He used to play football,’ their fathers add, according to Owen, as stated by Liverpool ECHO. “The only weapon I have now is to tell people, ‘You know I’ve still scored more goals than Mo Salah?’ and they can’t believe it!”
“As soon as he passes me, I won’t be able to have that!” In all seriousness, he’s been incredible for Liverpool, and he’s only gotten better and better. Yes, he was a member of an incredible team, but he was also one of the reasons for their success.
“Absolutely excellent; I can’t say enough good things about him.” He’s committed, he stays in shape all the time, and he has a fantastic mindset about wanting to play every game. “I think a lot of him.”
Owen, who also played for Manchester United, Newcastle United, Stoke City, and Real Madrid, won the Ballon d’Or in 2001 after impressing for Liverpool and England said Mo Salah will be honored with the award one day.
Owen remarked, “He’s obviously got the ability.” “However, even in my case, you must have a fantastic year.” In the calendar year, I scored 31 goals for Liverpool and won five trophies. I had a terrific time with England as well, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory over Germany.
“Everything has to fall into place the same year, and you have to win something.”
“The League Cup has been won by Liverpool. If they now win the Premier League or the Champions League, and Salah continues to enjoy the season he did last year, he has a great chance of winning it.
“Based on last year’s performance, he could have easily won it.” He deserved to win based on his performance.
“However, I believe that Liverpool’s failure to win the Champions League and the Premier League went against him. You need both the squad and the individual to do well, so fingers crossed that this year will be the year.”
Salah has scored 27 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions, but 19 goals in 25 appearances in the Premier League.
Liverpool leads Inter Milan 2-0 in the second leg of their Champions League tie at Anfield.