Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Michael Owen Reportedly Set For Liverpool Return

Liverpool is considering a sensational swoop for Michael Owen, following his release from Manchester United earlier in the summer.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were severely lacking in fire power in their 2-0 defeat at home to Arsenal Sunday afternoon, Liverpool’s second defeat of their three Premier League games. With just Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez the club’s only established forwards, Rodgers had been expected to add to his strike force before Friday evening’s transfer deadline day. After failing to do so, ESPN reveal that Rodgers has now looked to free agent Owen in a bid to strengthen his misfiring front line, and is to hold talks with the 32-year-old this week.

The former Swansea City manager sanctioned the departures of Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt and Andy Carroll from Anfield this summer, seemingly confident of the club’s ability to bring in quality replacements. But despite being heavily linked with moves for Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge and ex-Fulham star Clint Dempsey on deadline day, moves failed to materialize.

The defeat to Arsenal is likely to increase Rodgers’ need to add another forward to his squad. The northern Irishman is likely to face a considerable backlash over the prospective pursuit of Owen, with a large contingent of Liverpool fans still irate at the player’s decision to join Manchester United in 2009. Once a club legend, Owen scored a total of 158 goals in 297 appearances after making his debut as a 17-year-old.

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