Owen hoping to reverse trend
Stoke striker Michael Owen has plenty of happy memories from his time at Liverpool, but does not look back too fondly on the occasions he has played against them.
The former England international enjoyed the most prolific days of his career at Liverpool, where he came through the youth ranks. Since leaving the Reds in 2004 though, he has failed to score a single goal against them and Owen admits he has rarely had much fun when being on the opposing team.
The 33-year-old will be hoping the trend changes on Boxing Day when the Potters host Liverpool, and he told Independent Sports News: "It is a strange feeling really playing against your old club, especially one where you were there for around 15 years. Liverpool are a big part of my life and career and I had some of the best times of my life at the club."
He went on: "So certainly I have happy memories. I have not been so happy playing against them since; I have never scored and not particularly enjoyed it."
Stoke, currently ninth in the table, head into the clash with eighth-placed Liverpool in fine form.
Tony Pulis' men are unbeaten in their last eight matches and Owen is optimistic they can keep the run going.
"I don't see any reason why not," Owen said. "We had a really tough start to the season and we picked up points against some of the big teams.
"Then we went into a period of games where you would look at them on paper and say we had a chance of picking up points, and we have duly done that.
"We are on a nice run of form. Every game is tough in the Premier League, but there is no reason why we can't continue it."