By Coral Barry
Michael Owen was announced as a Liverpool international ambassador on Thursday – and supporters took to Twitter to vent their frustration.
The former Liverpool striker ran down his contract to leave Anfield in 2004 for Real Madrid and then the Englishman returned home to play for Newcastle.
But it was the single-minded Owen’s next move that shattered his reputation in the eyes of many supporters as he agreed to join bitter rivals Manchester United.
Owen then won the Premier League title with United in 2011 and many Liverpool supporters have never quite forgiven the former academy graduate for this period in his career.
The appointment of Owen to a lucrative ambassadorial post was regarded on Thursday by many as a kick to the teeth despite his scoring exploits after graduating to the first team as a brilliant 17-year-old.
Michael Owen doesn't represent me!
— Mosesbanner (@mosesbanner) April 21, 2016
Giving Owen a role seems mad. No one likes him.
— Kevin Kelly (@Kev92Kelly) April 21, 2016
— showmethemoney (@smtm_LFC) April 21, 2016
Michael Owen may be the only club ambassador in the world who would be booed at his home Stadium.
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) April 21, 2016
I think giving Michael Owen this ambassadorial role is a slap in the face to us Liverpool fans.
— The Anfield Truth (@TheAnfieldTruth) April 21, 2016
Michael owen doesnt deserve that position..he left when Liverpool needed him most n he went to play for the mancs..too much dislike for him
— kloppo (@albertDaRealist) April 21, 2016
Michael Owen is definitely turning up to events wearing a United kit.
— M.I.Che. (@PeakCommunism) April 21, 2016
— Nasiru Rashid (@nasiru_rashid) April 21, 2016
Enter the nominations for international ambassador that would have gone down better than Owen.
I'd rather have Djimi Traore as LFC club ambassador than that plank Michael Owen
— KlippertyKlopp (@alanredmen79) April 21, 2016
— Bye Bye Roy (@ByeRoy) April 21, 2016
Even United fans were perplexed by the decision.
— KrishnaMUFC (@KrishnaAnand_) April 21, 2016
Before we go, a word from the man himself and underneath possibly the tweet of the month.
— Headless Chicken (@perilladerafa) April 21, 2016
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