Rafa rules out Owen return

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says Michael Owen returning to play for Liverpool will not happen, on the day that the striker faces his old club in Newcastle Utd’s black and white colours.

Owen was one of the first players to leave Anfield when Benitez became manager in the summer of 2004. He left in search of trophies, at the beginning of the season that Liverpool triumphed in the European Cup.

Today the 29 year old, who scored 118 goals in 216 games for the Reds between 1996-2004, may even be dropped by new Newcastle boss Alan Shearer.

Should Newcastle get relegated from the Premier League this season, Owen could be offloaded very cheap in a bid to reduce their wage bill.

And Benitez ruled out suggestions he may tempt to bring a cut-price Owen back to Anfield, like he did with Robbie Fowler in 2006. He told press, “It’s different for Michael than Robbie. He knew it was a fantastic opportunity for him to come back to Liverpool after being injured and not playing many games for City.

“It’s different with Michael. He’s still young, has years to play and is a top striker who wants to play every game.

“For now, I’m Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard as our forward players.”

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