Michael Owen: What I love about Liverpool FC right now

The Liverpool FC legend is impressed with the defensive improvements under Jurgen Klopp

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Ex-Liverpool FC star Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen has admitted that he would love to be a defender playing in the Liverpool FC team.

The Merseyside outfit suffered a 1-0 loss to Serie A side Napoli in the Champions League in Naples on Wednesday night following Lorenzo Insigne’s winner.

Napoli were deserved winners at the San Stadio Paolo after the home side wasted a number of opportunities to break the deadlock before the Italy international’s last-gasp winner.

Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens combined to stretch the Liverpool FC defence before the Belgian’s cross found Insgine, who had managed to create some space despite Joe Gomez’s presence.

The England international was Liverpool FC’s best defender in the south of Italy but Gomez was powerless to prevent Napoli from scoring a vital winner.

Liverpool FC have made a marked improvement at the back in the English top flight this season after conceding three goals in the seven Premier League games.

Klopp has found a balance in his team to ensure the Liverpool FC defence isn’t left exposed, unlike previous seasons where the Reds played on tilt.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen heaped praise on Liverpool FC’s back four and midfield ahead of the visit of defending Premier League champions Manchester City.

“We’ve always made a lot of fuss about the front three and how they press so high,” Owen told BT Sport. “But I’d love to be a defender playing for Liverpool at the moment.

“They hardly have to do anything. If the front three don’t get it, the midfield are working really hard to get it – the back four are hardly having to do anything.”

Virgil van Dijk’s arrival was the watershed moment at Liverpool FC after the Merseyside outfit spent a world record fee on a defender to recruit the Southampton centre-half.

The 27-year-old was a calming influence on his Liverpool FC defensive team-mates to help the Reds finish in the Premier League’s top four.

Van Dijk got his first taste of a Champions League final after the Dutch centre-half helped Liverpool FC to beat FC Porto, Manchester City and AS Roma in the knockout stage.

Dejan Lovren was Van Dijk’s centre-half partner for the second half of the 2017-18 season ahead of England starlet Joe Gomez and former Schalke 04 defender Joel Matip.

I’d love to be a defender playing for Liverpool at the moment

Michael Owen

However, Gomez has established himself as Liverpool FC’s other first-choice centre-half in the current campaign thanks to a strong start to the new Premier League season.

The Liverpool FC defender has managed to keep Lovren out of the team despite the Croatia international helped his national team to reach the World Cup final in the summer.

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