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Premier League On This Day: Owen makes his mark for Liverpool

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Twenty-three years ago, Liverpool lost a crushing match that had a bright silver lining.

The Reds had entered the final two matches of the Premier League season knowing they had no chance of winning the league but still had hopes of a Champions League berth.

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A 2-1 loss to Wimbledon on May 6, 1997 stopped Liverpool from claiming a hold on second-place on the table, and they’d draw at Sheffield Wednesday the following week to finish fourth, outside of the UCL.

Wimbledon started current NBC analyst Robbie Earle in the midfield, and the Dons took a 2-0 lead in the 55th minute.

Two minutes later, Liverpool boss Roy Evans signalled for the debut of 17-year-old forward Michael Owen.

It took Owen barely more than quarter-hour to score his first senior goal, and he’d score 149 more in the Premier League, tied for ninth-most all-time. Most of them, 118 to be exact, came for Liverpool.

Owen would also become an England national team sensation and later went to Real Madrid before returning to Newcastle. The star shows dropped off significantly after that, but 150 goals is 150 goals.

Watch the highlights here. You’ll see Owen’s goal and also catch a glimpse of one of our 2 Robbies in his playing prime.

Premier League On this Day: Liverpool’s Owen runs wild (video)

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On this day in 2003, Michael Owen was at the peak of his powers in the red shirt of Liverpool.

Owen scored four of Liverpool’s six goals in a 6-0 demolition of West Bromwich Albion at Anfield, the only player to score that many in a match during the 2002-03 Premier League season.

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The Reds only lost once when Owen scored that season, and he bagged a career-high 19 goals for the second-straight season. He’d leave for Real Madrid after one more year at Anfield, going on to play for Newcastle, Manchester United, and Stoke City.

Fun note: Milan Baros scored the other two goals at Anfield that day, and the Czech striker is still playing and scoring with FC Banik Ostrava in the Czech first tier at the age of 38.

A disappointing add-on here is that the late hot streak came too late; Liverpool was first in the table on Nov. 9 when they lost to Middlesbrough. That started an 10-match winless run in league play, the first nine started by Owen with no goals to show for it.

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Owen tells World Cup tale after PK decision mars Man City-Spurs

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Michael Owen was rightly aggrieved for countryman Raheem Sterling when the speedy attacker wasn’t given a PK against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Kyle Walker shoved Man City’s Sterling on a second-half breakaway, but a stumbling Sterling still poked the ball at Hugo Lloris.

It was 2-2 moments later, Top Four fortunes shifted by a non-call. Owen hates diving, but took to Twitter after the game to explain how refs think in those situations (or at least how one reacted in a World Cup match).

Oddly enough, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino plays a role in the nearly 15-year-old story.

WATCH: Woodburn becomes youngest scorer in Liverpool history

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Less than two months removed from his 17th birthday, Ben Woodburn has scored a First Team goal for Liverpool.

The match was scoreless when Woodburn made his second appearance for the Reds, who went ahead through Divock Origi shortly thereafter.

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The Welsh U-19 winger then bested Michael Owen‘s record as the youngest goal scorer in history, blasting a close-range shot home.

Woodburn received a square ball from Georginio Wijnaldum after a cute poke pass from Origi.

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Top 5 — Man United, City’s most memorable Manchester derbies

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The Manchester derby is almost always memorable, for better or for worse depending on which half of the city you support. Here are five derbies, from the last decade, that really delivered the goods…

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Man United 0-3 Man City — Beginning of the end for Moyes — March 25, 2014

The David Moyes era last less than a full season at Old Trafford, the scene of a 3-0 derby day defeat for Manchester United toward the end of the 2013-14 Premier League season.

Edin Dzeko put the visitors ahead inside the first minute; Dzeko doubled Manchester City’s lead just before the hour mark; and Yaya Toure finished off the drubbing with a tally of his own in the 90th minute. Man City would go on to win the title, their second in three seasons, finishing two points ahead of Liverpool. Man United would finish seventh.

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Man City 2-3 Man United — RvP’s late winner — Dec. 9, 2012

In the final season of Sir Alex Ferguson‘s legendary managerial career, the Scotsman pulled a fast one on the rest of the PL signing star Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie, who led the league in goals scored the season before, for a fee just shy of $30 million. The Dutchman would lead the league in scoring for a second straight season en route to his first (Ferguson’s 13th) league title.

It was RvP’s 14th goal of the season, which came in the 92nd minute, that deflected and looped off the outstretched leg of Samir Nasri and won the December derby for United. Wayne Rooney‘s first-half brace looked to have been thrown away when Toure and Pablo Zabaleta pulled the Citizens back to 2-2, but Nasri’s lazy efforts from within the free-kick wall ultimately proved the difference.

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Man United 1-6 Man City — Demolition job at Old Trafford — Oct. 23, 2011

City would go on to win their first top-division title since 1968 in the same season they hit Ferguson’s men with a 6-1 drubbing at Old Trafford. How sweet those 10 months must have been for City supporters — the final half-hour of the final game of the season notwithstanding.

It was the worst home defeat United had suffered since 1955, and it sent City five points clear of everyone else. It was the first time United had conceded a half-dozen at Old Trafford since 1930. It could have just as easily been 7-1, or 8-1. Mario Balotelli, who made headlines earlier in the week by setting off fireworks inside his house, scored either side of halftime and revealed his famous “Why Always Me?” shirt, before Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko (twice) and David Silva completed the rout.

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Man United 2-1 Man City — Rooney’s overhead kick — Feb. 12, 2011

A goal — and photo — you’ll never forget. City were still in search of their first league title — they wouldn’t get theirs until the following season, as the 2010-11 crown was to be Ferguson’s penultimate, his 12th — but they were getting closer. The two sides entered this end-of-winter derby just five points apart at the top of the table.

Nani put the Red Devils ahead not long before halftime, but David Silva equalized on 65 minutes. Then, in the 78th minute, Nani’s cross was deflected and sent looping high into the air at Old Trafford. Rooney read it first, arrived at the spot, threw his body into the air, and struck the ball (with his shin) for one of the most memorable, iconic goals in PL history. United won the title by nine points that season.

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Man United 4-3 Man City — Owen’s Fergie Time winner — Sept. 20, 2009

Don’t you miss Fergie Time? Probably not, unless you’re a supporter of the red half of Manchester. Back in the early days of the 2009-10 season, referee Martin Atkinson let the early-season derby at Old Trafford go on, and on, and on. Four minutes of stoppage time were signaled, but after four minutes, and five minutes, no whistle.

Then, Michael Owen, in one of his few noteworthy contributions to the club, found a pocket of space before latching onto Ryan Giggs‘ through ball and striking a perfect, right-footed shot past Shay Given, just inside the far post. City had just “arrived” on the scene as oil-rich players to be reckoned with, but for this day in the fall of 2009, little brother was harshly put back into his place.