Michael Owen returns to Liverpool, but under a different color
Tony Pulis and Co. are ready for the Reds, but is Michael Owen. The former Liverpool player will travel to Anfield, alongside his new club Stoke City, to play against the team that made him a football legend.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has declared that Michael Owen will have to fight for his place in the squad. Nonetheless, the former Balon d’Or winner looks destined for some action of the bench against Liverpool on Sunday.
In a recent statement Michael Owen hit back at critics suggesting he had lost his appetite for football since his undignified spell with Manchester United. During his degrading stay at Old Trafford, Michael Owen looked like a shadow of his former self. The striker had lost his finesse control and his instincts for scoring goals.
Michael Owen, who is reportedly distracted by a horse-racing hobby and his own physiotherapy business, just recently launched a website in order to defend himself against critics.
“People evolve,” Michael Owen said explaining his priorities. “Long gone are the days when I have little else in my life other than football. I'm now happily married and have the small task of bringing up four children.
“Inevitably, taking on these responsibilities requires a certain amount of time and effort but does that necessarily mean I have taken my eye off the ball when it comes to plying my trade? Absolutely not!
Michael Owen also informed about the reasons which instigated him into launching his website.
“Why did I get the urge to justify my actions? Because it feels like a slur on my character and integrity to hear people questioning my desire,” Michael Owen said. “Nature has dictated I am no longer the player I once was. It's got nothing to do with dedication, hunger or desire.
“Due to the nature of my injuries, I have had to reinvent myself and the way I play. No longer can I sprint 100 times in a game at lightning speed. I have had to adapt. But I believe my greatest achievement is to still be playing at the highest level after all the injuries.”
Talking about the his future on the field, Michael Owen snubbed rumors about an early retirement.
“When the time comes to hang up my boots, I won't be sitting around wondering what to do next. But, until then, I am as hungry as I've ever been to succeed in the game.”
Michael Owen was the last Englishman to win the Balon d’Or. The striker came to fame for his superb form with Liverpool where he scored 158 goals in 297 appearances from 1996 to 2004.