Michael Owen comments on Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Gerard Houllier

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has his say on the Raheem Sterling debate.

Just about everyone has had his say on the Raheem Sterling debate, and former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has joined in too.

The ex-England international had given his taken on the matter earlier this week on social networking site Twitter after returning to the country from China (click here to read more), and has given his opinion once again.

BT Sport quotes Owen as saying: ‘We're surmising how he was feeling but I never felt like telling the manager I was tired because I never felt particularly that I needed a rest.

‘I know people will say, 'Well, we don't want anyone having burnout'. But I'll ask you now - can you name one player who has ever been burned out? I don't know of anyone’.

What Owen says makes sense, but, frankly, it is not different to what some others have said about Sterling and him complaining to England manager Roy Hodgson that he was too tired to start the Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia away from home on Sunday.

Owen then goes on to add ‘a personal touch’, revealing that during his time at Liverpool when Gerard Houllier was in charge, the Frenchman used to ask the players regularly if they were tired.

The former Newcastle United star: ‘I can only speak from experience of me being in that situation and we always used to have a bit of a joke at Liverpool because the manager Gerard Houllier would always come around and ask everyone if they're fine, If they're tired. You'd always be saying, 'No, no, no, I'm totally fine' because you didn't want to get rested’.

It seems that Houllier, unlike some other managers, did care about his players and did not want to make them work too hard.

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