Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has paid tribute to the former Anfield superstar Michael Owen, describing him a ‘supreme goal-scorer’.

The 33-year-old striker announced his retirement from professional football at the end of the season, pulling curtain on a sparkling career which saw him claim the Premier League golden Boot in successive seasons from 1997-99 and the Ballon d’Or accolade in 2001.

He scored a staggering 158 goals during his stay at Merseyside in 297 caps, helping the Reds to FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup triumphs during this period.

His spell at Anfield though came to an acrimonious end, with the striker later representing Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Liverpool’s bitter rivals Manchester United.

He was signed by Stoke City as a free agent earlier in the season, where he has only managed to make seven appearances so far.

Owen has often accused Liverpool for destroying his career. However, that did not prevent his former team-mate from waxing lyrical about his phenomenal career.

Carragher praised the predatory skills of the Englishman, terming him one of the best strikers he had ever seen.

He said: “It still annoys me that people forget what a top player he was.

"Michael had this unshakable belief that he was the best and wasn’t bothered about trying to usurp Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore to get into Liverpool’s starting line-up.

“The best strikers are single-minded and I saw at first-hand how he was able to put disappointments to one side and bounce back when it really mattered."

The Liverpool stalwart was also left disappointed to see Owen bow out from the game in a rather quiet manner, as he feels that a player of his calibre deserved a lot more.

He added: “Maybe he should have made this decision a couple of years ago or taken the chance to play in America or the Middle East.

“Something doesn’t seem right about him potentially bringing the curtain down on his career sitting on the bench when Stoke play Southampton."


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