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Benitez rules out Liverpool return for Newcastle's Owen

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has shut the door on signing Newcastle United striker Michael Owen.

He said: "It is a different situation between Michael and Robbie (Keane). We were looking for a striker with Robbie's quality to come in and help and he understood his role.

"It is different with Michael. He is younger and still has years to play at a good level. He rightly wants to play every game.

"But if you talked about who would play as my striker most of the time, I would have to say we are really pleased with Fernando Torres."

Owen scored 158 goals in 297 appearances for Liverpool in an eight-year spell.

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