Football FanCast guest columnist Mark Howson will not be rolling out the red carpet for Michael Owen on Sunday.
When Michael Owen returns to Anfield on Sunday, there is no doubting that the reception he will receive is likely to be a little hostile to say the least. Some have suggested that we should be more appreciative of the player and respect the contributions he made to the club; I personally would have gone along with that view, had he not been so disrespectful towards us in the past week.
I have to admit when it was announced that he was to join United, a little part of me was disappointed, although not the dark betrayal that others decided to look at it as. I have always found Owen to be a respectful kind of guy, appreciative of his roots, therefore felt he would talk glowingly of Liverpool despite being associated with United. How wrong was I and to say I have been let down by him is something of an understatement.
I know I shouldn't be surprised in modern day footballers; however when a player comes through your academy system, given the platform to perform, play in cup finals and the Champions League, then it surely pays to have the decency and respect to the club that made you the player you are. I accept that Owen was good for Liverpool, but we were extremely good for him.
So how does Owen repay us? I am sure I wasn't the only Liverpool fan who read his feelings about his past clubs and how he only looks out for Real Madrid and Newcastle's results; therefore it seems we have suddenly been wiped from his memory. He then defended his move to United claiming that it was merely done because he needed to support his family (yeah because you must be really struggling) and the ultimate insult was that he says he'll have no qualms about celebrating any goals in front of the Liverpool crowd. I'm not being funny but Robbie Keane was with us for 5months and yet when he scored on his return with Tottenham he couldn't have been more apologetic with his celebration if he tried, don't get me wrong I don't expect a similar act from Owen, but a little bit of decency, respect and appreciation for the football club that gave him the opportunity would be nice…is it really too much to ask?