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Michael Owen hits out at ‘non-existent’ Liverpool attacker and claims Reds defender ‘makes me nervous’

Michael Owen the former England football star seen admiring the new jersey he received from the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) president Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah during his vist

Former Liverpool star Michael Owen has picked out two current players he feels are letting the side down following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Everton at Goodison.

Jurgen Klopp’s side played out a goalless affair with the Toffees on Saturday lunchtime, with both sides doing their utmost to score. The point means Liverpool have won just two of their opening six games. They currently sit six points behind early pacesetters Arsenal.

To be fair to Liverpool (and Everton), the match was one of the more entertaining nil-nils you will see all season.

In fact, the performance of Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal had several pundits purring. However, in his praise for Pickford, Rio Ferdinand also cited two reasons why Jurgen Klopp’s side were struggling so far this season.

Now Owen has taken that criticism one step further. He believes the form of Mohamed Salah – who was denied last on by Pickford – is very worrying for the Reds. Salah is now without a goal in his last three games after seeing Pickford push a late effort on to the post.

Indeed, Owen has labelled Salah as ‘non existent’ for Liverpool so far this season.

“[Salah] has been pretty non-existent. We did look at that before the game,” Owen told Premier League Productions.

“How wide of a position he is taking up this season. Is that to do with the new centre-forward? Well, he has been missing for the last three games.

“But I still think in his absence, he has still been playing out wide. I wonder if that’s going to be a pattern that’s going to continue for the rest of the season. It certainly continued (against Everton).”

Graeme Souness joins Michael Owen in Liverpool criticism

Owen also admits the form of Joe Gomez in the heart of the defence is also concerning.

He was given the nod to start alongside Virgil van Dijk ahead of Joel Matip and with Ibrahima Konate currently injured.

However, despite the clean sheet, the form of the England defender is concerning to Owen.

Speaking about the player, he added: “[Gomez], makes me nervous if I am honest.

“That’s a left foot clearance and he is trying to go with his right foot. Then mis-kicking and basically the ball stopped 10 meters away from the goal. It’s not ideal.”

Graeme Souness, meanwhile, is also criticial of Salah and reckons he’s not been the same player since coming off second best against Lisandro Martinez.

“I’m looking at Salah for Liverpool against Man Utd and in the first five minutes Martinez goes right through him.

“The rest of the game, Mo Salah looked for Martinez and looked for where he was. I’ve not seen the same Mo Salah since.

“I just hope – and he’s signed the big contract he wanted – but at this level if you knock off half a per cent or one per cent then you are not the same player.

“I hope this is not him getting semi into his armchair because he has signed a big contract.

“I’m saying that as a Liverpool supporter, hopefully to make him angry and prove me wrong.”

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