Michael Owen has been blasted on Twitter after suggesting Liverpool are currently the biggest club in the Premier League.
The retired striker, who recently became an ambassador for the Merseyside outfit, was speaking after the Reds’ 3-1 defeat against Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday night.
Despite the fact Liverpool haven’t won the league title since 1990 and finished this season down in eighth place, Owen believes the five-time European champions can attract players more over the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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“When you look at it, in the cold light of day, who’s bigger than Liverpool?” Owen said live on BT Sport. “Who can you go to?
“Barcelona and Real Madrid will attract anyone, I suppose, but after that where else is there to go? I can’t imagine you’re going to go anywhere else in the Premier League.”
Video: Michael Owen's comments on Liverpool
Liverpool aren't the force they once were
In terms of European Cups won, it’s true that Liverpool lead the way over their English counterparts. However, the Reds are no longer the unstoppable force they were during the 1970s and 1980s.
Liverpool have an excellent young coach in Jurgen Klopp and a squad of talented players and could challenge for the title next season, but to suggest there’s currently nowhere else players would rather move to is somewhat of a stretch.
Money obviously plays a huge role in attracting players and Liverpool cannot afford to offer the astronomical sums that United, Chelsea, City and even Arsenal can.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Owen’s latest comments…
Liverpool well beaten by Sevilla
Owen was speaking after Liverpool’s gut-wrenching 3-1 defeat to Sevilla in Basel.
Daniel Sturridge put the English side 1-0 up before half-time with a wonderful effort, but their Spanish opponents came flying out the traps in the second half and scored 18 seconds later through Kevin Gameiro.
Two goals in six minutes from Coke wrapped up a third successive Europa League title for La Liga’s seventh-placed side.
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