Ef einhver hefur misst af þeim 3.590 blaðagreinum, sem hafa birst um Michael Owen og Liverpool á undanförnum dögum, þá tilkynnist það hér með að Newcastle (með Michael Owen innanborðs) og Liverpool mætast á annan í jólum.
Owen tjáir sig um atburðarásina í [ágúst](http://www.newcastle.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=4512):
>’Looking back on those mad few weeks, the one thing that no one can say about me is that I was not up front and honest. I had narrowed it down to three options and, all the way through, I made it plain exactly where they stood. As I said at the time, Liverpool were my first choice, Newcastle my second. The third was staying at Real.
>’They understood why Liverpool was my first choice. I had spent more than a decade there and I did think I would be going back when I met Rick Parry and Benítez just before the transfer deadline.
>’We had discussed the wages and all the nitty-gritty of a contract, so I have no doubts that their interest was genuine, whatever you may have heard. But it was difficult for them because they had sold me for £8.5m and were being asked to pay considerably more to take me back. They had to make their own financial decisions.’
Rafa er auðvitað líka [spurður útí þetta](http://home.skysports.com/list.asp?hlid=347794&CPID=8&clid=&lid=2&title=Rafa+coy+on+transfer+front), en blaðamannafundir fyrir leikinn voru haldnir í dag. Hann staðfestir einfaldlega það, sem menn hafa haldið allan tímann:
>”I tried to sign him and he knows I tried to sign him,” said Benitez. “Like he’s said in the past few days. It even went to the last day of the deadline.
>”In the end, it was just impossible for us as another club bid a large amount of money for him.”
Rafa var líka spurður um nýja leikmenn einsog Galletti og Vidic, en einsog ávallt þá svaraði hann engu.