Michael Owen angered Liverpool fans on Monday after their former striker recorded a video message for Karim Benzema, praising the Real Madrid striker for paving the way for his move to Manchester United in 2009.
In fact, some supporters are so incensed that they’ve signed a petition to have Owen removed as Liverpool’s international ambassador.
The petition was created back in May after Owen, who became an ambassador for the Merseyside outfit in 2016, referred to United as “we” during their Europa League final against Ajax.
The petition, which claims that Owen has been a “disgrace towards his position” and demands that action should be taken immediately, now has close to 30,000 signatures.
As well as the petition, Liverpool fans have also been sending angry tweets in Owen’s direction - and the 37-year-old has now responded.
Michael Owen's tweet to Liverpool fans
“I've been reading the usual hateful messages about me playing for Man Utd,” he tweeted on Tuesday evening.
“Once again and for the avoidance of doubt: I love [Liverpool Football Club] 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.”
A fair point, no?
Owen admits that he would have re-signed for Liverpool if they’d taken him back, but the opportunity never arose.
He signed for Man Utd in 2009 - after Sir Alex Ferguson failed to land Benzema - and went on to win his first Premier League winners’ medal in 2011.
Liverpool fans react to Owen's tweet
So, how have Liverpool fans reacted to Owen’s latest tweet? Let’s check out the replies…
Man Utd fans react to Owen's tweet
Most of the replies, however, have come from Man Utd fans urging him to ignore Liverpool’s disgruntled supporters…
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