Michael Owen feels Carroll can make the difference for Newcastle United

Former Liverpool and Newcastle United star Michael Owen believes the return of Andy Carroll should provide a boost for the Magpies going forward. The England international rejoined the Magpies on a free transfer this summer and he only made his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend after recovering from an ankle problem.
Carroll could not help the Magpies to find the winning goal in a 0-0 draw and he was still lively on the playing field during a 10-minute cameo, where he was hugely appreciated by the fans. Speaking on Premier League Matchday Live, Owen said that manager Steve Bruce would be delighted with the return of Carroll and believes the marksman should provide a lift to the team during the coming games.

“I think he would have been delighted to get Andy Carroll on as well. That would have been a relief,” he told after the goalless stalemate. “It is just that momentum. He doesn't have to do anything. Just him being on the pitch gives them a lift and for him to only play 10 minutes plus injury time was a big sigh of relief for the Brighton camp.”

Kompany says van Dijk is the best centre-back in Premier League history

Belgian star Vincent Kompany has said that Virgil van Dijk is probably the best central defender in Premier League history despite arriving late at the scene. The Netherlands international started his career from the lower leagues across Europe but he is now regarded as one of the best players in the world after contributing towards Liverpool’s Champions League success last term.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Kompany said that he can’t compare himself with some of the best centre-backs to have played in the Premier League. When pressed further about the best player in the position, the Belgian stated that Van Dijk can be placed ahead of the likes of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand after transforming the fortunes of Liverpool.

Owen lauds Wilfred Ndidi’s equalising goal for Leicester City against Chelsea

Sky Sports pundit Michael Owen has lauded midfielder Wilfred Ndidi after he managed to redeem himself during the Premier League clash against Chelsea. The Leicester City ace was guilty of handing the Blues with a seventh-minute goal after he was dispossessed by Mason Mount, who bagged his maiden Premier League strike.

Thereafter, the Foxes managed to gain control of the game with most of the action in the centre of the park and they eventually found the equaliser after the hour mark following a wonderful header from Ndidi, who are unguarded from a corner. Speaking after the game, Owen praised the qualities demonstrated by the Nigeria international, who made up for the mistake at the beginning of the encounter.

Virgil van Dijk pleased Liverpool youngster has left the club

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is pleased that Rafael Camacho has made the return to Sporting this summer. The 19-year-old managed just two appearances with the Reds during the course of the campaign and that urged him to make the return to Portugal rather than considering an extension with the Merseyside outfit.

Speaking to O Jogo, Van Dijk said that Camacho has plenty of potential within himself and he is pleased that the youngster will continue his development with Sporting, he told: "He is still young, has a lot to learn. He has been in Sporting's youth set-up and probably feels like returning home. I am happy for him and I hope he is happy. He has quality and he knows what he has to do, because we all know that there are many players who have quality, but then they lack the rest."

Michael Owen reacts positively to Lampard becoming Chelsea manager

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen has backed Frank Lampard to be a success with Chelsea while hoping that the move paves way for the recruitment of more young English managers at the highest level. The 40-year-old took charge as the new head coach of Chelsea on Thursday following a prolonged wait where the Blues were settling on a compensation package with Derby County.

Writing on his official Twitter account, Owen suggested that every managerial appointment has a risk and put Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane as prime examples during the beginning of their jobs. He added that Lampard can prove a success with the west London side and hopefully provide the confidence for other clubs to choose young English managers.

Michael Owen praises Liverpool after Champions League success

Michael Owen has praised the current crop of Liverpool players after they ended the long wait for a trophy with the Champions League title. The Reds had not won any form of silverware since the 2012 League Cup but they managed to end the piece of unwanted history by beating Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League crown.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen applauded the efforts of the Reds team and said that the Champions League glory could be the beginning of a cycle of success under Jurgen Klopp, he told: “It’s absolutely brilliant. Liverpool have played so well all season and what have they been given for it in the Premier League? Nothing. So who cares if they played well or poorly – the main thing today was getting over that line and getting your hands on that trophy, because this team are unbelievable. This is their cycle now. They have to win trophies while they’re at the top of their game. And they’ve gone and won the big one for starters.”

Henderson heaps praise on Tottenham ahead of Champions League final

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has said that Tottenham Hotspur should not be underestimated during next month’s Champions League final. The Reds were the better side than Spurs in the league as they finished 26 points ahead while beating them on both occasions when they met.

Despite this, Henderson is not taking the north London side lightly and believes the Reds could be braced for a tough Champions League final in Madrid, he said: "It means everything. For the club, for the fans, for everybody involved but most importantly for the players. Not many people would have thought [it was possible] at the start of the season - especially at the end of last season, it was a difficult end. We all know how good Spurs are - great players and on the day, they can beat anybody really. So it'll be a really tough final. So we need to be ready."

Klopp hails Lionel Messi’s performance in Champions League semi-final

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that Lionel Messi was unstoppable during the Reds’ 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. The Merseyside outfit went head-to-head with the Blaugrana for the entire 90 minutes but the better finishing ensured that the Spanish champions prevailed with a comfortable triumph.

Speaking after the game, Klopp was pleased with the performance from his team, who created an equal amount of goalscoring chances with the better possession. He added that Messi was the key difference between the sides and the Argentine was ‘unstoppable’ as he bagged a brace to reach the historic 600-goal tally with the Blaugrana.

Michael Owen believes Liverpool can beat Barcelona

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes the Reds can get the better of Barcelona and reach the final of the Champions League in Madrid. The Reds made light weather of their quarter final tie against Porto which they won with a comfortable 6-1 scoreline, and they are now scheduled to face Barcelona in the final four of the competition.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen said that the Reds have the edge over the Blaugrana in the semi-final, given the opening leg has been scheduled at the Camp Nou, where the club can seek the important away goal, he quipped: “With the first game at the Nou Camp that's a huge advantage. Going back to Anfield that's a real bonus.”


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