It’s fair to say Michael Owen divides opinion among Liverpool fans.
The former striker made 297 appearances for the Reds, scoring 158 goals. He will always be remembered fondly for his two goals in the final seven minutes of the 2001 FA Cup final which saw them triumph over Arsenal.
That year, Owen won the Ballon d’Or as Gerard Houllier’s side completed a brilliant treble.
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After eight seasons at his boyhood club, Owen felt he needed to move on to further his career and joined Real Madrid.
Liverpool weren’t challenging for league titles every season so nobody could really blame him for wanting to join the Spanish giants.
But, after one season in Spain and four years at Newcastle, Owen decided to sign for Liverpool’s arch-rivals Manchester United. Kopites were fuming at their former player.
Owen was now public enemy number one in the red half of Merseyside during this three seasons at Old Trafford where he scored 17 goals in 52 matches.
Liverpool fans haven’t really forgiven him for his decision to play for their bitter rivals up the M62 so when the club announced that Owen has been appointed as the first official international ambassador, many were absolutely fuming.
Just check out some of the replies below:
Owen, though, seemed very pleased on the appointment and said, per the club’s official website: "As a Liverpool fan I am honoured and delighted to have been asked to play this international role for the club.
"Liverpool FC is the world's greatest football family and it's great for me to be able to represent the club in an official capacity once again."
According to the official website, the role will see Owen “engaging with fans around the world and representing the club at various fan and commercial events.”
These days, the 36-year-old is busy being a pundit and commentator for BBC and BT Sport. He is often ridiculed for his co-commentary skills and his insistence to state the obvious.
Owen's career at Liverpool
Despite his idea to play for Manchester United, Liverpool fans can’t deny his talent whilst playing at Anfield. He scored on his debut in May 1997 and won the Premier League Golden Boot and PFA Young Player of the Year award during the 1997/98 campaign.
He retained the Golden Boot the following season before helping the club win the League Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Cup in 2001. But with no leagues titles to his name, Owen went abroad to seek league glory.
He may still be regarded a hero at Anfield if it wasn’t for the unforgivable move to Manchester United in 2009.