Lil Mickey Owen could be set for a shock return to Liverpool, with Roy Hodgson prepared to make a £4million bid in January. Owen’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and has already voiced his displeasure at spending so much time on the bench at Old Trafford.
Owen’s return to Anfield could prove to be one of the most controversial transfers in recent times. The once-prolific striker won the Ballon d’Or with Liverpool in 2001, earning a reputation for his lightning pace and goalscoring record, scoring 158 goals in 297 games for the club. After spells with Real Madrid and Newcastle, Owen moved to United on a free transfer at the beginning of last season, and was recently booed by Liverpool fans when playing at Jamie Carragher’s testimonial. There’s hardly a rich history of transfers between the sides: he’d be the first player to move directly between the two since Phil Chisnall went from United to Liverpool for £25,000 in 1964.
How sensible a decision would this be for Roy Hodgson? Well, I’m sure any Sky Sports News-style press that surrounds the deal would point out how well he did for them in his previous stint there. But that just not really relevant anymore: Owen’s success at Liverpool was always based on his pace, and he’s not been nearly up to that standard since. At the same time, though, he wouldn’t have to be prolific: he’d just need to do what you’d expect for a £4million signing. Which wouldn’t necessarily involve starting every match, but scoring goals when he does play.
Hodgson does need another striker; there’s no doubt about that. They’re really lacking in that department, and beyond Torres and the slightly questionable talent of David Ngog, they’re knackered. So ultimately, I reckon this’d be a good signing for Liverpool. And United fans would happily see the back of a player whose role in the squad is becoming increasingly ambiguous, after Hernandez and Macheda were the preferred options from the bench against Valencia.
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