It’s fair to say that Michael Owen’s tenure as Liverpool’s new international ambassador hasn’t got off to the best of starts.
The retired striker was blasted on social media for his first tweet following Tuesday’s Hillsborough verdict, although he made amends with a follow-up tweet soon after.
The 36-year-old has now predicted the result of Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal this Thursday night. Scroll down this page to see what Owen thinks will happen at El Madrigal.
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“The hosts are without a win in their last 10 games against English opposition but, despite a goalless draw on Sunday in La Liga, tend to find the back of the net in the Europa League having scored in 30 of their last 31 games in the competition,” Owen wrote in his latest Bet Victor column.
“Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in 10 European ties with the Reds and I think Liverpool will get a draw on Thursday before finishing the job off at Anfield.”
Liverpool will be confident of winning tie
A draw would be a decent result for Liverpool, who will be confident of beating their Spanish opponents back in England on May 5.
The Reds head into this week’s match off the back of a 2-2 draw against relegation-threatened Newcastle United, who came from 2-0 down to secure a precious point at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions and will be full of confidence going into their next Europa League fixture following that dramatic 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.
The Reds appeared to be down and out after going 3-1 down in the second - and 4-2 down on aggregate - but goals from Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren in the final 25 minutes sent Liverpool through to the last four in the most dramatic circumstances.
Villarreal's form has dipped recently
Villarreal have enjoyed a good season, both domestically and in Europe, and currently occupy fourth spot in La Liga.
However, the Yellow Submarine are now without a win in three matches after back-to-back defeats against Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid, followed by a draw against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Klopp: We must be prepared
"Momentum is not about having the best squad ready to play. Momentum is to be ready to fight," Klopp told the Liverpool website.
"Villarreal also have had a lot of games. They play after our game against Real Sociedad and have a little fight for the Champions League.
"We need to be prepared. It isn't about always having the best players but being perfectly prepared for our next game. Then we can progress."
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