WE asked Liverpool FC fans for their thoughts on Michael Owen as the news of his imminent retirement from football became public - opinion is very much divided on where he fits into the LFC pantheon of greatness. What's your view? Log in and have your say
Best memory the FA cup win against Arsenal but at the end of the day the lad blew it. He could have been a legend at Liverpool and left a legacy for years to come but now you'd mention him in the same breath as Torres, adored by the fans and then threw it all away.
A pity a wonderful footballer has been reduced to this sad paragraph of history.
Perhaps instead of LFC fans pillorying him, maybe we should cast at dagger in the direction of those who advised him to do his treacherous act back in 2004.
I am sure Owen, possibly might, as he counts his money!
Must admit, losing him for just 8mill when he was argubly one of the best players in the world at the time was hard to stomach and really unnecessary. The club lost out big time over that deal and it was all down to Owen. He could have been an LFC legend but he blew it. Fower and Rush left at the peak of their game but later returned to open arms from the fans - the reason? Because they always respected and treated the club well. Fans don't forget.
Based on an hourly rate he must have been one of the most highly paid people in the world over the last 3 or 4 years. There is very little loyalty in football these days and Michael Owen is a typical mercenary of the modern age player. What a contrast to Jamie Carragher or Tony Hibbert, both loyal one club players who have still managed to earn more than most of us could only dream of.
until his hamstring went he was electric. compare the 18 year old owen to our current promising youngsters. a class apart. after that he lost pace and ultimately its hard to think of a less popular ex red.
The arsenal fa cup final at cardiff was one of the best days of my life! The sun was shining and Cardiff has to be the perfect place for a cup final with the boozers right outside the ground. Owen made that day even better........ unfortunately what he did later will mean I will never hold him in high regard. People say hes a nice fella but the amount of people he has blamed for his injuries is unreal. He was a quick player who unfortunately for him had bad hamstrings yet hes blamed everyone from club physios to old managers and never once put it down to just bad luck
should and could ave been a true liverpool legend but he made some bad choice's
should never have left liverpool it was a massive mistake on his part.
the joining of man utd has tanished his reputation with liverpool.f.c forever and instead of being fondly remembered as a really great player for us.
.he will be sadly known as that bloke who turned as a judus and joined man utd
If he stayed we wouldnt have suceeded in Istanbul.
The fact he left us so late in the window meant a replacement could not be found. Then Cisse was injured so it was Baros upfront as lone ranger for nearly the whole season, a system which served us well in Europe. Glad he left.
Thanks for the great memories Michael. Good luck in retirement. I have changed my job a few times for the sake of my family - I did what I thought was best for all of us too. I live in the real adult world and just think of the good times you gave us. Life is too short to be bitter in my eyes and I am not a bluenose so why should I be bitter? All the best.
Michael gave me more great moments and unforgettable memories than 99% of the others .
... so despite the betrayal , i still think fondly of him .
I don't blame owen for leaving Liverpool to go to real madrid.
We'd had a couple of poor seasons and the manager had just been changed, he had 12 months left on his contract. I suppose it was a good ime to try a new challange.
He told us of his intentions and were able to salvage 8 million, he could have let his contract run down and walk away for free the following season. And it was real madrid he was going to not another local rival
What I do blame him for though is the way he treated us when we tried to sign him back. He wanted to play games to get back into the england set up so he decided he had to leave real.
We were only prepared to offer a similar price to what we sold him for. Only one other team came in and that was newcastle who offered ridiculous money for him. If he'd refused the newcastle offer real would have listened to our offer but owen decided that he didn't want to play the game again that he played when he left us.
Newcastle were awful we were a top european team but yet he decided to go to them.