Liverpool came away by just a point after Saturday night’s draw with Tottenham, prompting Michael Owen to give an open assessment of his attacking trident
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Michael Owen admitted Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were “very calm” as Liverpool were held to a draw by Tottenham to hurt their Premier League title chances.
But the former Anfield prodigy was more optimistic about Luis Diaz, who scored the all-important equalizer when the Reds came from behind in Saturday night’s 1-1 draw. The Colombian unleashed a powerful shot from outside the box which Rodrigo Bentancur blocked to level the hosts at Anfield after Son Heung-min’s opener.
It was Diaz’s sixth goal for Liverpool since arriving from Porto in the January transfer window for £50m and he has quickly established himself as a fan favorite with his electric displays. However, there was nothing electrifying about the performances of fellow forwards Salah and Mane, who failed to worry Spurs despite 51 goals this season.
Owen underscored the fact that the star duo were out of form before calling Diaz the “bright spark” of an otherwise disappointing night for his old team. “Mo Salah, very calm, gave the ball away a lot, made a few wrong decisions, could have passed a few times,” said Owen Premier League Productions per Wake the Kop. “Sadio Mane, very calm. Diaz was probably the bright spark.”
While the draw was enough for Liverpool to edge Manchester City to first place, Pep Guardiola’s defending champions will reclaim the top spot if they pick up at least a point against Newcastle on Sunday. With just a few games left this season, Owen refuses to give up hope that the Reds can still claim domestic glory.
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“It’s still a result Liverpool need,” added Owen. “Now before the game Liverpool needed Manchester City to slip but they could have drawn a draw. Now they have to lose one of them or get two draws. So of course it’s a worse position than it was, but it’s still just a game where Manchester City have to make a mistake, so of course it’s not over, there’s still a long way to go.
They have to join two strong teams in Wolves and West Ham, Newcastle are playing well at the moment, Steven Gerrard would like to spoil the party. There are four different reasons where they might [drop points]. Like I said – I keep coming back to this – there’s only one time, they only need one slip and Liverpool will be there to pounce.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-tottenham-premier-league-title-26904754 Michael Owen gives mixed judgment on Liverpool's Front 3 after damaging tie with Tottenham