By Will Butcher
A reliable journalist has revealed that retired striker Michael Owen was desperate to rejoin his boyhood club Liverpool through his career.
Owen, who also had spells with Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke City called former teammate Jamie Carragher on multiple occasions to ask if the likes of Rafa Benitez, Kenny Dalglish or Brendan Rodgers wanted to sign him.
The former England international was quoted by Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol via his personal Twitter account, as saying “at every stage, every summer” he was looking for a return.
Michael Owen: "At every stage – every summer – I was on the phone to Carra… Does Rafa want me? Does Kenny want me? Does Brendan want me?"
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) September 5, 2016
Owen, now a pundit with BT Sport, left Anfield in 2004 to join Real Madrid for £10million with midfielder Antonio Nunez moving the other way.
Despite his interest in a reunion, the goal machine was overlooked by Liverpool, as the injury-prone striker struggled to find clubs towards the end of his career. He opted to sign for the Merseyside giant’s arch enemies United in 2009, before joining Stoke in 2012.
The 89-time England star was a fan favourite at Anfield right from the word go, as the striker scored on his Liverpool debut against Wimbledon at just 17-years-old. He went on to make 297 appearances, scoring an impressive 158 goals for the club.
Owen has a number of major achievements to his name, most notably the 2001 Ballon d’Or as well as a Premier League medal with Manchester United and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 1998.