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Michael Owen: I tried to get back to Liverpool before joining Man Utd

Michael Owen has revealed he tried everything to re-sign for Liverpool before joining Manchester United.

Owen claims he never wanted to quit Merseyside for the Bernabeu, and was itching for a return to his old stomping ground after just 12 months in La Liga.

"At every stage - every summer - I was on the phone to Carra (Jamie Carragher) telling him to find a way to get me back," says Owen in new book Ring of Fire .

"'Does Rafa want me?' I'd say. 'Does Kenny want me? Does Brendan want me?' It was circumstance that stopped it happening."

He added: "I spoke to Carra and tried to get (Rafa) Benitez to do something. I wanted to try to put it right somehow.

"When it became clear Benitez didn't want to do a deal, I spoke again with (Alex) Ferguson. He was very positive about me. I was twenty-nine years old. Should I have decided to retire there and then?"

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