Not even Steven Gerrard is safe from the crossfire of the explosive new Michael Owen book as he claims Liverpool shunted the now Rangers boss out the Anfield door.
Owen has been ruffling a few feathers with his honest approach in the book, where he’s already clashed with Alan Shearer over “loyalty” to Newcastle.
Now, Anfield legend Gerrard has been pulled into the mire with Owen, a former Liverpool and England teammate, accusing the Reds of a lack of loyalty.
‘In Steven’s case, I severely doubt whether he really wanted to go and play in the States in 2015,” writes Owen, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I’ve heard that the club wanted him out two years prior to when he actually left.
‘I’m sure he would rather have wound his career down at Liverpool, playing increasingly fewer games until he reached a point where he could be integrated into the coaching staff.
‘This only happened later in his case. But instead, because he’d become so symbolic and so powerful, I believe he was forced out in the short term. Steven was bigger than the club.’
Gerrard – who returned to the pitch at Anfield to score a last-minute winner against a team of Milan legends last season – remains a hero at Liverpool.
The former England captain played over 700 games for the club, scored over 180 goals and played for the Merseyside club for 17 seasons.
Owen’s claims will certainly send a ripple through English football and Liverpool in particular.
Michael Owen’s new book ‘Reboot – My Life, My Time’ was released on 05/09/19 and is available from all good bookstores.