Liverpool legend poised for Anfield return

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Former Liverpool favourite Michael Owen is set to pull on the old strip as part of Jamie Carragher's testimonial.

The veteran defender will donate every penny from the game to his own 23 foundation charity, and Carragher has reportedly asked old pal Owen to wear the famous Liverpool strip one last time.

Jamie Redknapp, Danny Murphy, Jason McAteer and Emile Heskey are also set to take part in the September 4th showpiece at Anfield, but it's the potential return of Owen which has grabbed all the headlines.

The England striker now plies his trade for the old enemy, Manchester United, of course. His move to the Red Devils from Newcastle United continues to be a contentious subject on Merseyside, and the former Real Madrid man is thought to be wary of a frosty reception on his return.

The Guardian reports that Owen has given his word to Carragher despite the defender telling him he didn't have to play, and Sir Alex Ferguson has cleared the forward to compete for 45 minutes in the Liverpool XI v Everton XI match.

United fans may also be unhappy with the situation given the great rivalry between the two clubs, but it's hoped that the goodwill gesture with regards to donation to charity and Owen's willingness to play will appease fans on both sets of the divide.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard once famously described Owen as "the best striker in the history of Liverpool Football Club", and everything appears set for the hitman to represent his old club once again for a good cause.

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