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Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand Disagree Over Suarez-Salah Comparison

Manchester United and Liverpool legends, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen, have differed over who has done better for Liverpool between Mohamed Salah and Luis Suarez.

Salah has already surpassed Suarez’s goal tally for Liverpool in the Premier League, but Owen insisted that the Uruguayan star’s standout campaign remains the best at Anfield.

Egypt international, Salah may have written his name in the Liverpool history books after an incredible four-season spell at the club, but Owen said he would rather have Suarez in his prime over the Egyptian.

Owen believes that the Egyptian forward still has some way to go to match the performance levels set by Suarez during the 2013-14 campaign when the Reds, under Brendan Rodgers, narrowly missed out on the title.

Suarez scored 31 goals that season and was named the PFA Player of the Year.

Owen and Ferdinand, both appearing on BT Sport, were asked whether they would pick Suarez in his prime or Salah now for one season if they had the choice.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand was clear in his belief that Salah has done far better and is above Suarez, who only spent three-and-a-half seasons in Liverpool.

“I’d take Mo Salah, what he’s done the last four seasons, top goalscorer in each of them, top goalscorer again for Liverpool this season, I just think he’s immense,” he said.

“The icing on the cake for me – over the consistency – [is] he’s been part of a team that wins big trophies and he’s been integral in that. He’s won the Premier League, he’s won the Champions League.

“He is for me an absolute joy to watch but an absolute assassin when the balls in the box.”

But Owen sparked an enticing and heated debate when he backed Suarez over Salah, despite the fact the latter broke the Premier League record for most goals in a 38-game season with 32.

“The answer, in my opinion, the season that Luis Suarez played under Brendan Rodgers [in 2013/14], I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” he said.

But Ferdinand was having none of it, underlining that Salah’s efforts to lead the team with his goals and playmaking efforts demonstrate his importance.

”It’s who plays really well, who scores the goals, who shoots their team to win the league.

“There’s far more pressure on someone who’s at the top of the league, fighting to win the top trophies, I’m not saying it’s any easier, I’m just saying it’s the pressure that is amplified.

“He [Salah] is doing that every single season in this league.”

The debate raged on as Owen added: ”But he [Suarez] was doing that as well, they were one slip away from winning the league that season. He was at the sharp end of the game.”

Ferdinand countered saying, “But he[Suarez] didn’t shoot them to win the league. This guy did, and he won them the Champions League!”

But Owen could not resist getting the last word, saying, “We’re splitting hairs in terms of how good they are as players,” he said.

“Salah’s been doing it for four years now, he is one of the greatest players in the world at the minute.

“But your question was in a one-off season, that one that Suarez had or any of the four that Salah’s had. For me, there’s no comparison.”



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