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.”

Owen fancies Manchester City to overcome Spurs in the Champions League

Former Liverpool star Michael Owen believes Manchester City have the advantage over Tottenham Hotspur in the quest to reach the semi-final stage of the Champions League. The Citizens suffered a slender 1-0 defeat to Spurs during the first leg of the quarter-final on the road but they could have quite easily scored the away goal, had Sergio Aguero managed to score from the penalty spot.

Ahead of the second leg, Owen admitted that Spurs had the luxury of resting some of the regulars unlike Manchester City at the weekend, but still backed the latter to prevail with the home advantage on Wednesday night, he told BetVictor: “City returned to the top of the Premier League table – however briefly – with an excellent performance at Selhurst Park on Sunday when Raheem Sterling again showed what a vital cog he is to the City machine.

Michael Owen believes Liverpool are still favourites for the Premier League crown

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes his former club still hold the advantage over Manchester City in the race for the Premier League crown. The Reds recently dropped a couple of points in the 0-0 derby draw against Everton and this has witnessed them relinquish the top position to the Citizens.

Still, Owen insists that the Reds have the advantage in the title pursuit, given they have gone through the tricky away games while they face the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in their home patch, he told Goal.com: "It looks like it’s a two-horse race. There’s only Manchester City and Liverpool that are potentially going to win the Premier League. “I’ll feel sorry for whoever doesn’t because in any other year the second team would’ve won the Premier League by maybe 10 points. This year has been an exceptional standard and it’s going to go a long way yet.

Michael Owen feels Liverpool will struggle to recruit a top-class striker this summer

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes Liverpool could have a tough time recruiting a top-class striker during the summer transfer window. The Reds have constantly worked with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the frontline over the past 20 months and Owen feels the club’s strong backing for the trio may affect their summer transfer plans.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Owen highlighted that teams outside of the top six may have an easier chance of pursuing top-class strikers when compared to Liverpool, where the new arrival may have to settle for a bench role. He added that the Reds may have to either recruit a quality marksman approaching the final years of his career or settle for a promising youth prospect.

Michael Owen insists Marcus Rashford needs to continue scoring regularly

Michael Owen believes Marcus Rashford must showcase his scoring touch for the long run, if he is to become the first-choice striker at Manchester United for years to come. The England international has been handed a regular role upfront since the temporary appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December and this has paid dividends with him scoring six times from the nine league matches played.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Owen believes the youngster is making progress towards becoming a world class player with the improvement shown with the finishing which was not the case earlier in the campaign, he said: “He’s looking more and more world class as we go on really, isn’t he? He’s a top player.

Michael Owen hails the qualities of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen has hailed the qualities of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he found the scoresheet for the 14th time in the Premier League season against Fulham. The Gabon international only joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund at the start of 2018 but he has since adapted excellently with 26 goals already across all competitions.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen highlighted that Aubameyang is an outright goalscorer while praising his ability to pick the right kind of shot for every goal, he said:“He’s a goal-scorer. He’s got the pace to get into certain areas. The big thing about goal-scorers is that you have to maximise your chances of scoring with every chance you get. You have to choose the right finish, and I think he does that as well as most. He goes for power when he needs to go for power and he can place it and score different types of goals. He picks the right finish every time.”

Liverpool have already earned Alisson’s transfer fee back – Michael Owen

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen has made a huge statement about goalkeeper Alisson following the Reds’ slender 1-0 win over Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Jurgen Klopp’s side required a victory to seal their progress into the knockout phase but they had to work hard for the outcome after ArekMilik nearly scored the leveller for Napoli in injury time.

Thankfully, Alisson was at the right spot with a strong hand to push the attempt over the bar and speaking after the game, Owen believes the Brazilian has already made up for the hefty transfer fee paid by the Blues earlier in the summer, he said: “It’s a mental game really isn’t it. For all Liverpool’s chances and dominance, in the last minute it could have been so different. Listen it’s not the greatest save in the world, but wow is it important. He’s quick off his line, he’s made himself big. That save alone probably gets the transfer fee back for him. Getting into the next round you’re talking tens of millions aren’t you. It’s a fabulous save, sharp off his line.”

Owen doesn’t think Arsenal will beat United

Michael Owen doesn’t think that Arsenal will be able to earn all three points in their away game against Manchester United. Arsenal’s recent form has been much more impressive than that of United as they clinched the London derby in a magnificent fashion last weekend by a margin of 2 goals.

They are high on confidence and will surely be backing themselves for a win against the Red Devils who have been nowhere close to their best of late. United’s previous premiership game had ended in much disappointment as they failed to attain a victory against Southampton and had to be content with only one point.


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