Michael Owen delivers scathing Liverpool assessment as 'awful' duo singled out

Amazon Prime Sport pundit Michael Owen during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on December 27, 2023 in Liverpool, England.
Michael Owen has delivered a fresh Premier League title verdict -Credit:(Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Michael Owen was left angry and frustrated after watching Everton beat Liverpool 2-0 at Goodison Park.

Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were on the scoresheet for the hosts as the Reds' Premier League title hopes were dealt a potentially fatal blow. While Jurgen Klopp refused to throw in the towel, he admitted both Manchester City and Arsenal need a crisis.

It was Klopp's first defeat at Goodison in his nine-year tenure at Liverpool. And speaking after the game, Owen was keen to highlight Liverpool's lack of finishing in recent weeks, as well as taking aim at Darwin Nunez.

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The former Reds star told Premier League Productions: "Some of them are just shocking attacks. How Nunez can chip the goalkeeper away at Brentford from inside his own penalty box and show all that composure, then he gets to seven yards out and you just smack it down the throat of the goalkeeper when you have half a goal to aim at.

"It just defies belief. But what about this? Awful touch. Miskick, and again! I mean, these are world-class players. A lot of it is basic. You don’t miskick the ball. it’s unbelievable – I can’t defend that in any way, shape or form.

"For a player that shows in fits and starts that he can finish sometimes, to go from one extreme to another, that’s just not good enough. Awful touch (by Nunez). Awful miskick (from Salah) going wide.

"Awful miskick over the top. I mean three bits of play there that you just don’t see world-class players doing – Even that, it gets an oooh from the crowd (Diaz's effort).

"But the technique is all wrong. You can’t strike a straight ball there. That’s a curled shot. The one that has made my brain explode tonight is the Nunez finish.

"I just can’t get my head around somebody that, only a few weeks ago, we watched him running through against Brentford and he chipped the goalkeeper.

"I just couldn’t believe my eyes at how audacious, how classy and how good a finish. I said, at the time, it was the wrong thing to do. If he is thinking like that in front of goal, then god knows what he is thinking of in general."