Liverpool defender reveals he urged Rafa Benitez to re-sign Owen for Liverpool.
Jamie Carragher has revealed he pleaded with former Liverpool and current Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez to re-sign Michael Owen according to The Metro.
The Liverpool legend has spoken of how the Anfield dressing were keen to see Owen return to the club, but the Spanish manager dismissed their suggestions, instead opting to sign French striker David N’Gog.
N’Gog failed to impress during his time on Merseyside and now plies his trade in the Championship with Bolton Wanderers.
Owen recently announced he will be retiring at the end of this season, once his current deal with Stoke expires.
The 33-year old left Liverpool to join Real Madrid in 2004 but struggled to establish himself in the Bernabeu first-team, placing him back on the market just a year later.
Owen went on to join Newcastle but left the club on a free transfer in 2009 after an injury hit four years at the club.
Carragher has revealed he begged Benitez to sign the player at that point before Owen eventually went on to sign for the club’s great rivals Manchester United.
Owen never fully regained his previous form though and the former England star has decided it is the right time to hang up his boots.