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Michael Owen has defended Chelsea’s decision to sell Mo Salah five years ago, insisting the Egyptian used to be an ‘average finisher’.

But Owen now believes Salah, 29, is an ‘unbelievable’ player, admitting the forward’s incredible rise has surprised him.

Mo Salah previously played at Chelsea and Roma
Mo Salah previously played at Chelsea and RomaCredit: EPA

Salah scored his 20th goal in 21 games this season as Liverpool beat AC Milan 2-1 last night.

He now has 145 goals in 224 matches for the Reds, including an incredible debut season that saw him hit the target 44 times.

But things were very different for Salah during his time at Stamford Bridge after a 2014 switch

The hitman managed just two goals in 19 games before being shipped off on loan to Fiorentina and Roma.

Italy’s capital club then snapped Salah from Chelsea in 2016 up before selling to Liverpool in 2017.

And Owen reckons the goal-machine has come on leaps and bounds, claiming Chelsea could not have known how good Salah would be as he was ‘average’ at best in London.

Reflecting on Salah’s goal against Milan, Owen said: “He makes it look so easy, it’s not an easy finish at all.

“He takes it as it’s coming down. A yard lower the keeper saves it, a yard higher he saves it.

“He just makes it look easy. He was an average finisher earlier in his career and now he is just unbelievable.”



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