By Emma Sanders
Michael Owen celebrated on Twitter as Liverpool’s 6-1 victory against Watford on Sunday afternoon sent them to the top of the Premier League – but fans were unimpressed.
The former Liverpool striker alienated the Anfield fan base when he did the unforgivable in July 2009 by joining Manchester United.
The Liverpool academy product posted a message on his personal Twitter account on Sunday night that simply stated, “top of the league”.
Top of the league. ⚽️?
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) November 6, 2016
Owen made 297 appearances for the Merseysiders after progressing through the ranks and graduating from the academy alongside Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
He was one of the outstanding English strikers of his generation and broke a number of scoring records before joining Real Madrid in August 2004.
The 36 year-old, who is now an agent and BT Sports pundit, has received huge criticism from fans for his apparent betrayal.
Owen joined United on a free in 2009 and made 52 appearances, scoring 17 goals, including a late winner against Manchester City in the 4-3 Premier League thriller.
He lifted the Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson and has since been labelled as a traitor by Merseyside fans who were unimpressed when he celebrated Liverpool moving to the top of the table.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
— Hayley B (@Hayles_101) November 6, 2016
@themichaelowen more clubs than a pack of cards, make your mind up
— Jon Brocklehurst (@TikkaMangala) November 6, 2016
@themichaelowen Which team mate? ?
— Alonso (@shevyblaze) November 6, 2016
— Jay (@RFFH) November 6, 2016
@themichaelowen Real Madrid, top side
— VectorBoro (@vectorboro) November 6, 2016
— liverpoolstuff (@liverpooIstuff) November 6, 2016
@themichaelowen Why you pretending to be a Liverpool fan?
— Evan (@SimplyJurgen) November 6, 2016
@themichaelowen you won't ever be accepted again by Liverpool fans. Give it up
— Duncan Ingram (@Duncan_Ingram) November 6, 2016
@themichaelowen you're a joke
— Chelsie (@chelsienussey) November 6, 2016
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