Brendan Rodgers has decided against a return to Liverpool for Michael Owen despite a striker shortage, reports the Guardian. It is understood Owen's age - 32 - fitness record and lack of regular football during three seasons with Manchester United have discouraged the Reds boss.

Rodgers would rather promote a youngster from within the club's academy as cover for the next four months, despite Liverpool's worst start to a season since 1962, than take what he considers a retrograde step in signing a player who left Anfield eight years ago.

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