Dalglish: Liverpool owe Owen a debt of gratitude

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has written in his article for The Mirror that he believes the club still owe a debt of gratitude to former striker Michael Owen, who announced earlier this week that he will retire from playing at the end of the season.

Owen began his career at Anfield, and rose to domestic and international prominence during his eight year stay at the club. England duty followed less than two years after his senior Liverpool debut, and the striker scored 40 goals for the Three Lions, winning 89 caps before retiring from international football in 2008.

Former Kop manager Dalglish writes: “Michael Owen upset some Liverpool fans with the way he left the club, but that should not take away from what he achieved at Anfield. He was a wonderful player for the Reds and he played a big part in the cup Treble of 2001.

“Liverpool were battered by Arsenal in the FA Cup final that year, but Michael’s two late goals won the trophy for his team.”

Owen was much admired during his time in the north west, and earned a reputation as one of the world’s most exciting strikers with his blistering pace and clinical eye for goal. This reputation was only strengthened with his famous goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.

Owen left Liverpool for Real Madrid for around £8.5m in 2004, but returned to England less than 18 months later when he joined Newcastle for a club record £16.8m. Having spent four successful years at St. James’ Park, the England striker then moved to Man United on a free transfer.

The player spent three years at Old Trafford, before being released at the end of the 2011-12 season. He joined Stoke City in September last year on a one year contract, and has scored one goal from six appearances for the Potters this season.

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