Liverpool urged to take back Owen amid talk of Carroll recall
Liverpool's failure to sign a striker during the window leaves club with a serious problem
LIVERPOOL'S failure to bring in a striker during the summer transfer window continues to loom large over Anfield, but Brendan Rodgers has apparently ruled out a move for former Reds' icon Michael Owen.
The 32-year-old striker was released by Manchester United at the end of last season and had been rumoured to be in contention for a shock return to Liverpool. According to The Times players including Tuncay Sanli, Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen are available, as is Owen, although he will not be considered.
Former Bolton man Ivan Klasnic, another free agent striker with Premier League experience, is also off the radar as he has been snapped up by Mainz.
With clubs required to submit their Premier League squad lists by 4pm today, Rodgers will have to work fast or else leave room for a new arrival in the list.
Although Rodgers has distanced himself from Owen, he has been warned by former Anfield legend John Aldridge that beggars can't be choosers. Writing in the Liverpool Echo he said: "It was negligent to leave us in a situation where we only have two senior strikers in Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini. What would happen if Suarez got injured? We would be down the swanny without a paddle."
He urged fans opposed to the return of Owen to "swallow their pride".
The situation has not gone unnoticed in East London, where Andy Carroll is on loan at West Ham. The decision to allow him to leave on a season-long loan before securing a replacement is at the heart of Liverpool's problem, and ESPN claims he could be recalled in January.
But according to the Daily Mail the Hammers are in "talks with their legal team" to prevent him returning to Anfield. The paper said: "The Hammers believe they have a watertight deal that will scupper such plans."
Yesterday Liverpool owner John Henry took the unusual step of writing to fans to explain the owner's policy on transfers.