Rodgers had no Owen interest
Liverpool boss prefers to give youth a chance
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: September 14, 2012 10:17am
Michael Owen: Was not on Liverpool's radar prior to his move to Stoke
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he did not consider trying to bring Michael Owen back to Anfield.
The former England international was linked with a move back to Anfield prior to his switch to Stoke after the Reds failed to bring in a replacement for Andy Carroll before the close of the transfer window.
However, Rodgers claims the ex-Reds striker was never on his radar as he wants to give some of the young players at the club a chance to impress.
"Liverpool didn't consider Michael Owen," Rodgers told Talksport. "If we didn't get the targets that we hoped to get in the transfer window, I was going to go with what I had.
"There's no point putting money into the academy and then not giving young players a chance. Look at the impact Raheem Sterling has made as a 17-year-old. All I've given him is an opportunity and he's gone on and taken it.
"We've got a number of other young talents and hopefully over the coming months we can see them and see how they flourish."