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Michael Owen hits back in row over Liverpool ambassador role

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Michael Owen has hit back at criticism of his role as a Liverpool international ambassador following comments regarding his move to Manchester United.

Owen upset a section of Reds supporters this week when he ‘thanked’ Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in securing a transfer to Old Trafford.

With United unable to sign the Frenchman, Sir Alex Ferguson turned his attentions to Owen.

“I thank Benzema because without him I would never have gone to Manchester United,” said Owen on French television in a show about Benzema. “Ferguson told me that I will only sign if he couldn’t get Benzema. And that’s what happened.”

That prompted an outpouring of fury from supporters on social media towards the forward, who left Liverpool for Real Madrid in 2004 after scoring 158 goals in 297 games.

Owen joined Newcastle United a year later and ended up at Old Trafford in 2009, helping them to the Premier League title in 2011.

However, Owen had wanted a return to Anfield on both occasions, and has now reminded people of that fact while reaffirming his love for Liverpool.

Writing on Twitter, Owen said: “I’ve been reading the usual hateful messages about me playing for Man Utd. Once again and for the avoidance of doubt: I love Liverpool, 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.”



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