Michael Owen has revealed to the official Liverpool website that he wanted to join Liverpool after he left Newcastle United, but Rafael Benitez didn’t want him back at Liverpool.


Liverpool legend and Ballon D’Or winner Michael Owen made an interesting switch from Newcastle United to Manchseter United in 2009. Owen who earlier spent 15 years at Liverpool and came out from their youth academy was a fan favourite at Anfield until he made a move to Manchester United in 2009. Owen told the official Liverpool website that after leaving Newcastle United he called up his former team-mate Jamie Carragher to check if the then Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wanted him back at Liverpool, but he was told “no”. Owen then had offers from Manchester United, Everton and Hull, so he decided to join the best club offered to him.

He told LFCTV: “I left Newcastle and the first thing I did was phone Carra [Jamie Carragher] to ask him to speak to the manager.

“However, at that time Liverpool wasn’t an option, they didn’t want me. I tried my best to get back, but had to have a look out as to who wanted me and who was the best team to sign for.

“The three teams that were seriously in for me were Hull City, Everton and Manchester United. I could have gone to Hull I suppose, but in my mind I had to play at the best level possible.

“Liverpool didn’t want me, so I signed for Manchester United.”

Owen also admitted he was an Everton fan as a kid and the FA Cup final of 2001 as the “greatest day of my life”. Owen made 297 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 158 goals before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid to be a part of the  Galácticos era.