Although reported otherwise by a hate-mongering Manc website (they obviously didn’t see the game), Michael Owen was given a pretty good reception today for Jamie Carragher’s Testimonial at Anfield. Yes there were a few boos but overall the Anfield faithful appreciated the fact that Owen was doing this for his former team-mate and for charity. Luis Garcia opened the score and right before half time Michael’s shot was handled by Duffy, a penalty was given and Michael sportingly allowed Carra to take.
Owen played the first 45 minutes for the Liverpool XI who trashed the Everton counterparts 4-1, he seemed very comfortable wearing the Liverpool shirt again. Michael was joined by former Reds who included Luis Garcia, Dudek, Gary Mac, McAteer, Michael Thomas, Finnan, Heskey & Warnock. Most of the Reds who were not on International duty also featured in the game. Stevie G even flew in from London to play for 10 minutes, while 15 year old Sterling got to play with the big boys for the first time.
The scoring continued in the second half with Joe Cole scoring his first Liverpool goal. Everton did get a penalty but Carra denied them the satisfaction as he took it himself not allowing Yakubu to take. Nathan Ecceleson scored the 4th and final goal and the game ended 4-1.
I must say Owen had a pretty good game and quite honesty it was his best performance since he left Liverpool. Ever since Michael left Liverpool he has been plagued with Injuries and endless time on the benches of Real Madrid, Newcastle & Manchester United. That magical Liverpool red on his chest brought the wonderkid back to life.
Keep that Liverpool shirt Michael maybe they will let you wear it at Old Trafford, it will bring you luck.