Michael Owen Responds After Further Hate From Liverpool Fans
There's one sure fire way of going from being a bit of a hero at your former club to being hated and that's by joining their rivals. Michael Owen did exactly that in his career and he's hit back at the fans who constantly remind him of it.
Michael Owen was a boy wonder at Liverpool but he was eventually thought to be surplus to requirements and when Real Madrid came for him he decided to move to the Bernabeu.
A young Owen scoring for Liverpool but he would become a figure of hate. Image: PA
That move never angered fans of the Reds and nor did his move to Newcastle United. If his next move had been to Stoke City that would have been fine too but in he moved to Old Trafford to play for Manchester United and turned Liverpool fans completely against him.
Yesterday Owen was on the end of some historic hate, despite now working for Liverpool as an ambassador, because of a video circulating of him thanking Karim Benzema for his move to Real when the Frenchman was United's number one target:
"Thank you @Benzema" :sweat_smile: @themichaelowen #CFC pic.twitter.com/JCxxF3YYKT
- Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) November 12, 2017
@LFC @John_W_Henry @PeterMooreLFC club ambassador my arse. Shambles! Embarrassing to say the least. #LFC
- Ben (@ben13moore) November 13, 2017
The former England striker only played for two seasons for the Red Devils and helped win the Premier League and League Cup during his time there but it was enough for Liverpool fans to turn against him.
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Now an ambassador for the club he made his name at Owen took to Twitter to explain that he always wanted a return to Anfield but they never wanted him:
I've been reading the usual hateful messages about me playing for Man Utd.
Once again and for the avoidance of doubt:
I love @LFC and before every move since I left I tried to go back. It never happened and so I had to continue my career by signing for other clubs.
- michael owen (@themichaelowen) November 14, 2017
Doesn't matter what ya say fella , you'll always be a judas in Liverpool fans eyes
- Ashley Bamber (@ashleybamber) November 14, 2017
You by no means deserve direct abuse.. I will never condone that, but I have a hard time understanding this.. if you truly loved Liverpool how could you go to United? You played for LFC so you understand the rivalry so I dont see how you could love LFC and go to United.
- William King (@wtking05) November 14, 2017
Some fans have even taken to Reddit to try and start a petition to get Owen removed from his position at the club:
The relationship between Owen and Liverpool fans is unlikely to ever be a good one.