Rafa Benitez did NOT choose Ngog over Owen

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Today it has been reported how Jamie Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column that Rafa Benitez choose to sign David Ngog rather than re-sign Michael Owen in 2009.

Jamie Carragher

Several media outlets, namely The Metro and IBTimes, regurgitated the quotes but failed to miss the fact that David Ngog had signed for Liverpool 12 months earlier.

The original quotes claimed Carragher had tried to persuade Benitez to sign Owen on a free transfer when his contract at Newcastle ended in 2009. Of course, Liverpool did not sign Owen and he instead signed for rivals Man United, then Premier League champions.

Initially, Carragher’s column read:

“The way he left Liverpool had saddened Michael and he wanted the opportunity to redeem himself. I sent Rafa Benitez a message explaining what Liverpool could get on a free transfer but Benitez instead went out and bought David Ngog.

But has now been changed to read:

“The way he left Liverpool had saddened Michael and he wanted the opportunity to redeem himself. I sent Rafa Benitez a message explaining what Liverpool could get on a free transfer but Benitez instead brought Andriy Voronin back from a loan spell at Hertha Berlin.”

Voronin made 12 appearances the next season before joining Dynamo Moscow in 2010.

Whether this was an error on Carragher’s behalf, or The Daily Mail’s, who knows. But seemingly somebody wanted to embarrass Benitez and make fun of his decision.

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