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Tell Us Michael Owen - Who Were The Clubs?
Former Toon striker Michael Owen claims he didn't put pen to paper early to sign for Stoke City because "there were several Premiership clubs interested in me". Like who?
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he did not consider trying to take Owen back to Anfield ... and no other Premiership manager has admitted checking out the money-grabber.
The former England international was linked with a move back to Liverpool prior to his switch to Stoke after the Reds failed to bring in a replacement for Andy Carroll before the close of the transfer window.
However, Rodgers claims the ex-Reds striker was never on his radar as he wants to give some of the young players at the club a chance to impress.
Brendan Rodgers: "Liverpool didn't consider Michael Owen.
"If we didn't get the targets that we hoped to get in the transfer window, I was going to go with what I had.
"There's no point putting money into the academy and then not giving young players a chance. Look at the impact Raheem Sterling has made as a 17-year-old. All I've given him is an opportunity and he's gone on and taken it.
"We've got a number of other young talents and hopefully over the coming months we can see them and see how they flourish."
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