During Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal yesterday Twitter erupted as people enthralled by the action took to their MacBook’s, smartphones and tablets to tell the world just what they thought about the game, the opposing team or fans of the opposing team.
Piers Morgan was at it, Samuel L Jackson and of course several former professionals were clicking away.
The digital warriors also had another man in sight - Michael Owen.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker now works as a co-commentator for BT Sport - after retiring from the sport at the end of last season.
But he has often found himself the subject of criticism for his monotone speech and tactical insights - rightly or wrongly, the truth is a lot of people seem to dislike him.
And being a former Liverpool player, from the city, he was always going to have his commentary called into question on the balance of neutrality.
But it is not just his Merseyside roots that would cause this reaction. Owen has continually rubbed up Arsenal fans the wrong way this season. Even when Arsenal were clear at the top of the Premier League table Owen insisted they would not win the league - in fact he has even insisted that they could still finish fifth by the end of the campaign.
So when he appeared to be talking favourably toward the Liverpool performance - he received plenty of stick for being ‘biased’ on Twitter.
However, he quickly rebutted to the claims.
I mean how can he be bias if Arsenal were being thrashed?
The honest assessment was - Liverpool were incredible and looked like world beaters yesterday.
And that is coming from an Everton fan - so no bias here…
Some lovely comments today thanks. Funny people saying my commentary was biased. I'm sure the score was 5-1. Who am I supposed to praise?— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 8, 2014
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