Michael Owen believes that Mohamed Salah’s brace against Manchester United will have lifted a weight off Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s shoulders.
The Reds came into Sunday’s FA Cup tie after failing to score in four matches, aside from their third round win over Aston Villa’s youth.
As such, pressure had mounted with their third-round win over Villa’s kids their only victory in five matches.
But while they extended their streak without a win to six matches out of seven, their goal drought did end. Salah scored two excellent goals, the first a chip over United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
However, speaking to BT Sport, Owen outlined how, given their contrasting form, United’s momentum carried them through at Old Trafford.
“It was open,” Owen said. “I suppose from Liverpool’s point of view it was a disappointing result, however, scoring two goals that will delight Jurgen Klopp. Mo Salah with both of them.
“I think today the difference with the two sides: one is very confident, on a great run of form at the moment and the other just having a bit of a blip. That almost played out.
“He [Salah] will be disappointed to score two goals and still not be on the winning side but then super sub [Bruno Fernandes] came on.
“He’s not normally a sub but he’s a game changer alright. Great free-kick.”
Indeed, Fernandes only needed a substitute appearance to produce the game’s winning moment.
The Portuguese took charge of a set-piece just outside the area and beat Alisson with a hard drive.
Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford had earlier combined twice to give United their first two goals.
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Liverpool return to action on Thursday when they face Spurs in north London in Premier League action.
The Reds are in poor form in the top flight and their latest match will again come over a month after their last victory.
But Klopp noticed positives from his side’s display at Old Trafford that he feels his players can carry forward.