He inspired those playing alongside him and took responsibility when things weren’t going well on the pitch. His loyalty to the club ultimately cost him winning a title.
Question marks were raised by the €85m, Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk but it has turned out to be a bargain. Jürgen Klopp’s side struggled defensively before the Dutch international’s arrival but Van Dijk changed the entire complexion of the team.
Before his injuries, Owen was one of the best players in the world. He was blessed with exceptional pace and his skills were acknowledged when he won the Ballon d’Or in 2001.