Owen at Anfield wouldn’t have worked ‘“ Rafa

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has admitted that he did consider the possibility of bringing former striker Michael Owen back to the club this summer.

Owen was available on a free transfer after his contract with Newcastle Utd expired, and ended up signing a deal to play for arch-rivals Manchester Utd in a bid to win back his place in the England team.

But Benitez says he wouldn’t have been able to guarantee Owen, who left Liverpool for Real Madrid when Benitez took charge on Merseyside in 2004, regular football at the club.

“We had contact with different people and were analysing the situation,” Benitez told The People.

“But if you want to play Torres and Gerrard there is not always a lot of space for other players.

“When I brought back Robbie Fowler it was a different situation. We were looking for someone who could understand his role clearly and he was a good finisher.

“But we have a World Cup coming up and all the top players want to play. In his position it would be hard for Owen to play every week at Liverpool.”