Newcastle United travel to Anfield to confront red-hot Liverpool in the Premiership this weekend and the match will be a special one for a certain Newcastle striker.
And that striker is Michael Owen, a graduate of the Liverpool academy. The England international striker established himself as one of the best and most lethal strikers in the world while he was at Anfield but moved to mighty Real Madrid in the summer of 2004 and returned just one year later to the Premiership to play for Newcastle.
Owen has this to say about his return to his old stamping ground:
It will be a proud moment at Liverpool.
I’ve only played Liverpool once since I came here. It’ll be good and we often speak about it in the dressing room.
Nicky Butt going back to Manchester United is similar, and it’s either the best experience or the worst. It really is awful when you get beat and we lost 2-0 at Anfield last time.
If you get a result at your old club it’s always nice. Then you can meet old friends and go knowing you gave them a really good game and got something out of it.
You don’t want to be putting your head down and sliding out a side door to get back on the coach and get up the road.
The last time that Owen played against Liverpool at Anfield was in 2005 when he was severely taunted by the Kop. The reception this time could be similar.