Speaking on the Blood Red podcast, Jamie Carragher has warned Mohamed Salah about a possible move to Spain, using Michael Owen as an example of why a move to La Liga might not work.
Salah is entering the final year of his contract and, as you can imagine, there has been a lot of speculation over his future.
Such a talented player will always be linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Salah himself has even admitted that he would like to play in Spain.
However, according to Carragher, Salah wouldn’t suit the Spanish game, saying that, like Michael Owen, his game is too direct for this league and he wouldn’t be appreciated there.
What was said?
Carragher has warned Salah of a La Liga move.
“He suits Liverpool and he suits Klopp. They are fast and furious. I don’t think he’s a Barcelona or Real Madrid player. That’s not to say he’s not good enough, but I don’t think he’s their type of player, really not.
“I’ll tell you why, Michael Owen went to Madrid and he wasn’t at Mo’s level at the moment and he certainly wasn’t at his peak. He scored a lot of goals, I think he has scored nearly 20 goals as a full player, but the people there just didn’t have time for him.
“They said ‘all he does is score’ and it was Michael Owen. I know Mo gets a lot of assists but his game is all about goals, being direct and running errands behind, without taking the ball.
“When Diaz is on the ball you are sure he will keep the ball, but you are not like that with Salah or Mane because they are so direct, they go through brick walls to score a goal. He scored some great Mo dribbles, but you never know what’s going to happen.
“I don’t think he’s their silky, slower type of player, I think he suits the Premier League and the way we play, I think it would be a mistake for him to leave, really. “
Carragher’s take on Spanish football is valid, but we can’t help but feel his opinion is a bit dated.
Owen joined La Liga in 2004, and back then the Spanish game was slower. Playmakers such as Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Guti, Ruben Baraja and Xavi were mainstays of the Spanish game back then, but now La Liga have moved on to catch up with the rest of Europe.
Nowadays direct players can thrive in Spain. Vinicius Jr, Ansu Fati, Adama Traore and Joao Felix have proven that this season, while Gareth Bale was one of La Liga’s best players during his glory days, and he’s one of the most direct players we have. never seen.
Salah wouldn’t have been appreciated in La Liga in the 2000s but now, in 2022, he would be an absolute star in Spain.
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