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Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand laud Mo Salah for becoming a superstar after Chelsea woes


Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah scored his 20th goal of the season against AC Milan on Tuesday… but few saw his blistering form coming when he was a Chelsea player

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Premier League winners Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand have praised Mohamed Salah for becoming a “superstar” at Liverpool.

The Egyptian scored his 20th goal of the season in the 2-1 Champions League win against AC Milan at the San Siro on Tuesday.

Salah now has 145 goals in 224 appearances for Liverpool since joining the Merseyside club from Roma in the summer of 2017.

Many were surprised to see him become one of the Premier League’s finest players after his difficult spell at Chelsea between 2014 and 2016, scoring just twice.

And, speaking to BT Sport after Liverpool’s win, Ferdinand admitted he didn’t expect Salah to reach his current level of performance when he returned to England.

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Mohamed Salah scored his 20th goal of the season against AC Milan on Tuesday
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“No, I honestly didn’t,” said Ferdinand when asked. “I mean, he obviously went to Chelsea and didn’t set the world alight and that’s why he had to go on to find a new pathway to get to the level he’s at now.

“But there’s some players – you look at [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Erling] Haaland, [Kylian] Mbappe – you lay eyes on them immediately. You go, ‘They’re going to be superstars.’

“With him [Salah], it wasn’t that for me at the beginning. But the way he’s grown, the way he’s just developed into this player where he’s deciding games at will.

“20 goals by December is an absolute joke. It’s out of order, really.”

Salah’s goals this season have helped Liverpool win all six of their Champions League group games and keep them in the title race.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently second in the Premier League, one point behind champions Manchester City.

Michael Owen believes Salah is doing far better at Liverpool than Chelsea because his finishing improved during his time in Italy.

“The main improvement has been his finishing,” insisted the former Liverpool striker. “He’s always been quick. Rio says we didn’t see too much in the early days, but we all saw his pace.

“What you can do as a finisher, there’s a couple of types. There’s obviously the instinctive finisher, the runs you can make and the timing of the runs, nicking across a defender when there’s crosses coming in, knowing where the ball’s going to land, it’s all instinctive.







Salah struggled at Chelsea between 2014 and 2016
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“What he’s improved is his actual finishing. Normal finishing is about actual repetition, it’s about being in positions all the time.

“I learnt it when I was growing up, I think he’s learnt it later in life because he’s almost being put in the position [to score] a lot of the time now.

“I learnt early in life, just by getting 10 chances every game, in U9s, what finishes work for me… because of repetition, I knew what worked for me in certain areas.

“And we’ve seen him almost learning on the job. He was a poor finisher, an average finisher, early in his career at Chelsea. And he’s just got better and better. That, for me, is repetition.”

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