Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Liverpool don’t need Michael Owen, says Rafa

Liverpool may be top of the Premier League table today but there is still a feeling of disappointment amongst the club’s fans.

After Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at home to Arsenal, Rafa Benitez’s side missed the chance to move three points clear in the title race after only drawing 0-0 at home to a resolute West Ham side last night.

The Reds are one point ahead of the Stamford Bridge outfit and six clear of Manchester United, though Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have a game in hand.

It could and should have been more with Liverpool producing a laboured and lacklustre display – the closest they came was when former Hammer Yossi Benayoun (left) could not believe Robert Green saved his volley.

West Ham, especially through former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy, could have nicked victory in the end.

Liverpool’s co-owner George Gillett was at Anfield last night but manager Rafael Benitez said there was no more news on a new contract. He also made it clear Liverpool were not trying to re-sign Newcastle’s Michael Owen.

Benitez said: "We will have Fernando Torres back soon, and I can assure everyone that clearly we are not going for Michael Owen. The game with West Ham was frustrating and I felt we deserved to win.”

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