By Laura O’Leary
Michael Owen has responded to Liverpool fans over continued criticism of his decision to play for arch rivals Manchester United.
Owen answered his many critics on Twitter, providing a detailed response to the abuse he was receiving from certain fans.
He posted the message on his Twitter page on Wednesday:
I've been reading the usual hateful messages about me playing for Man Utd.
Once again and for the avoidance of doubt:
I love @LFC and before every move since I left I tried to go back. It never happened and so I had to continue my career by signing for other clubs.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) November 14, 2017
The retired 37-year-old rose through the youth system at the Reds to go on to make 284 appearances for the first team.
In his 284 appearances, the striker was prolific scoring 150 goals to make him eighth in Liverpool’s list of all time top goalscorers.
The former England international left the Reds in 2004 moving to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The now BT Sport pundit insisted in his social media post that he did in fact try “to go back” to Liverpool and that he had to sign for other clubs because the move was never on the cards.
After his four year spell at Real Madrid finished he went on to play for Newcastle United, Manchester United before retiring after a spell at Stoke City.
Liverpool fans’ grievances come from Owen’s decision to ever pull on a Manchester United jersey, a side they have had a ferocious rivalry with throughout the years.
The striker made 52 appearances for Man United in which he grabbed 17 goals and registered three assists.
While he won many trophies at the Reds, he was never able to clinch the Premier League title during his time at Anfield – something he did achieve with Man United.