Debunking Michael Owen’s “extreme selfishness” accusation aimed at Mohamed Salah

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Michael Owen feels Mohamed Salah's "extreme selfishness" is a cause for concern for Liverpool amid their recent struggles.

The Reds have scored just once in their last four Premier League fixtures, with their normally dynamic front three out of sorts.

Salah and strike partners Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were again made the fall guys for Liverpool's failure to earn a win against Man Utd on Sunday.

But former Liverpool striker Owen feels the Egyptian needs to take the lions share of the blame.

"There is a lot of selfishness creeping in, I've seen that again," Owen told Premier League Productions .

Michael Owen feels Mo Salah's "selfishness" is "creeping back in"
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"Mo Salah is not passing enough of the ball again. He's never passed it much, but there are extremes. The last sort of few games I'm thinking: 'Come on.'"

It is not a new argument aimed at the Reds top goalscorer.

However, a quick look at the stats provided by would perhaps suggest otherwise.

In three of Liverpool's last four fixtures Salah has actually recorded a higher pass completion rate than both Firmino and Mane.

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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.

But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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That includes Sunday's draw with United, where he had the most touches of Liverpool's trio, but still found a red shirt with 90 per cent of his passes.

That was in addition to his rate of 91% against West Brom after attempting 58 passes among his 72 touches of the ball.

He has also only had more shots than his fellow attackers in just one of the last four, which was when he had three attempts against West Brom – the same amount as Mane.

Few could really argue with Salah's goal return this season either, as he has found the net 17 times in all competitions – which is eight more than Mane, who has had only four less shots across the whole campaign – though it's key to note that six of those have come via penalties.

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Salah has also provided more assists than any other Liverpool player apart from full-back Andy Robertson.

In addition, his overall pass completion rate this season (83%) compared with Mane (76%) and Firmino (79%) is highest by some margin, even though he has attempted around 100 passes more than each forward (via BBC ).

Furthermore, his chances created per 90 minutes of action trumps his fellow attackers (Salah: 1.35, Mane: 1.12, Firmino: 0.81).

Salah's future at Liverpool has come under the microscope recently after an interview with Spanish publication AS where he praised Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Do you think Salah is too selfish? Have your say below.

Salah vies with United defender Victor Lindelof during Sunday's clash
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But he has since moved to deny he has any ambitions of signing for either club, by reaffirming his commitment to Liverpool.

"If you ask me, I say I want to stay as long as I can, but as I've said before, it's in the club's hands,' he told Norwegian TV channel TV2 .

"I'm always going to give 100 per cent until the last minute I'm at this club and I want to win as many trophies as I can. I want to give 100 per cent to the people who show me love all the time."