Michael Owen's high praise for Liverpool despite title disappointment

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Michael Owen praised both Liverpool and Manchester City for the way they have played football this season.

Some said it was an impossible dream, and so it proved as Liverpool failed to overturn Manchester City's lead at the top of the Premier League table on Sunday afternoon.

Even if the Reds had won, they were relying on a huge favour from West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium. But when Martin Skrtel's own-goal at Anfield was followed by news of a Samir Nasri strike for the Blues, Brendan Rodgers' hope of a fairy-tale finish looked all but doomed.

And so it proved when Vincent Kompany made it two for City shortly after half-time, meaning there would be no need for a last-gasp Sergio Aguero-inspired twist like the Blues' fans had seen two seasons ago.  This was a far more comfortable final day for the newly-crowned champions.

But former Liverpool striker Michael Owen wanted nothing taken away from Rodgers' men, and rightly so.  It has been a wonderful campaign for the Reds, and as Owen said so eloquently, "Regardless of who wins the league, Man City and Liverpool have been the most entertaining, creative teams who play the game the right way."

That is something Liverpool should not forget as they think ahead to the next campaign. 

They did so much right.  And that should remain.  But Rodgers must also take a long hard look at his defence in the summer months and reinforcements are a necessity.

But for now, Liverpool fans should be proud of their team's achievements.  They did, after all, do it the right way, even if ultimately they fell just a little short.

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