Liverpool deserves to be struggling: Michael Owen

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

LONDON - Manchester United striker Michael Owen has stuck the boot into Liverpool saying his old club deserves to be struggling.

The Sun quoted Owen, 31, as saying: “Their position reflects where they are at now - they’re in the middle of a transitional period and off the pitch they’ve had a change of ownership. They’re also very reliant on a couple of star players and if they are out, then they’ve tended to struggle.”

Owen clearly means Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres. And while few would disagree with Owen’s comments, they will hardly endear him to Liverpool fans.

They booed him when he came on as a second-half sub in Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Old Trafford, which United won 1-0.

It was the same when he went back to Anfield last year to play in Jamie Carragher’s testimonial.

Asked about that reception Owen said: “It wasn’t great but I was there to pay my respects to Jamie and help raise money for charity. If I’d have wanted an easy life I’d have said ‘Thanks, but no thanks’.

Owen’s contract runs out at the end of the season and he has yet to be offered an extension.

But he refuses to get down and believes he will be adding some medals to his collection this season.

He said: “Oh yeah, I don’t think there’s any doubt among the players.

“We’re all confident in each other’s ability and the biggest thing is the depth in the squad.

“In any given week there are probably five internationals who aren’t even getting on the bench - I can testify to that! So we definitely have the talent.” (ANI)

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