Owen on predicting Liverpool above Arsenal: 'People said I was drunk to have Reds in fourth'

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Former Liverpool striker delighted to see his former club at the top of the league.

Michael Owen's controversial pre-season predictions have caused plenty of debate, mainly his refusal to back down from his call Arsenal would finish fifth, even when they topped the league.

With three games to go it appears the maximum he can be is one place out, but it's his prediction regarding Liverpool which gives his greatest satisfaction.

The team he predicted to finish above Arsenal in fourth, was Liverpool.

Given their seventh placed finish last season it was one not many backed him on, and there were plenty of accusations of bias.

Owen, speaking to the Telegraph, was smug at his redemption in singling out Brendan Rodgers' side for a big step up, when not many else did. 

Yet even he admits he did not foresee this level of elevation, with Liverpool topping the Premier League table by five points with three games to go.

"I think he (Brendan Rodgers) has surprised everyone. At the start of the season I tipped Liverpool to come fourth and I was accused of being drunk – and that was one of the more polite things said to me.

"No one had them to win the league. They were long odds against to do it and he has manufactured an unbelievable attacking team that has pace all over it, goals all over it.

"That is the pleasing thing if Liverpool go on to win the league; it has been done in the right way as they have blitzed a lot of teams and outscored them, particularly at Anfield."

No game has been more iconic of that than their 5-1 demolition of Arsenal, when Liverpool steamrollered the Gunners, netting four goals in the first 20 minutes.

It was a loss from which Arsenal's title challenge never recovered, and propelled Liverpool to push on and become odds on to lift the trophy.

What Liverpool have shown this year, is that predicting next season's finishes is only going to be even more difficult.

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