Newcastle manager backs Owen to come good

He may have missed a hatful of chances against Blackburn last weekend, but Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has been full of praise for striker Michael Owen ahead of the Magpies’ trip to Anfield. Sky Sports report that the England striker has been impressive on the training ground – but will he be able to make it count on the actual field of play?

“He’s been outstanding in training and matches since I’ve been here – his work-rate has been terrific.

“When we weren’t creating anything he was scoring goals despite that, and against Blackburn last Saturday, when we created chances but he didn’t score, he came into the dressing room and apologised.

“He will be up for it. I know what it’s like going back to play there. It’s a wonderful experience going back to a former club, made even more wonderful when you get something.”

Indeed, whilst Owen’s recent form has been erratic, you wonder where the goals will come from if the diminutive striker was to get injured for the umpteenth time. Although it’s unlikely that Newcastle will get anything from the game against Liverpool (apart from a sound beating), the fixture list looks favourable enough to see them stay in the top flight.

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