‘Got a bit excited’ - Ex Newcastle United star cruelly laughs at Magpies misery following Liverpool defeat

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Michael Owen didn’t share much sympathy for Newcastle United after losing to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Former Newcastle United star Michael Owen made his allegiances crystal clear when working as a pundit covering Liverpool's win at St James' Park on Sunday.

The striker made 79 appearances for the Magpies between 2005 and 2009, scoring 30 goals in the process, but it's fair to say there's not too much love lost between supporters and the 43-year-old.

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Owen is of course better known for his eight-year spell at Liverpool, where he racked up 158 goals in 297 appearances during a period which also saw him win the prestigious Ballon d'Or.

Having spent time at both clubs, some football fans might have thought Owen would be somewhat impartial when Jurgen Klopp met Eddie Howe on Sunday, but that proved not to be the case.

Newcastle United looked to be cruising to a 1-0 win as they controlled the match against a 10-man Liverpool side, who had Virgil Van Dijk sent off in the first half. However, two late goals from super sub Darwin Nunez saw the Reds run off with three points.

Working in the Premier League studio, Owen shared a video of himself whooping, cheering and laughing after Nunez slotted the winner home at Newcastle United's expense. Posting the video on Instagram, he wrote: "I got a bit excited..."

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It's not the first time that Owen has ruffled the feathers of Magpies fans. Speaking to BT Sport in 2022, the star shared his desperation to leave St James' Park while playing there with a return to Liverpool always on the cards.

Michael Owen was pleased to see Liverpool beat Newcastle United (Image: Getty Images)Michael Owen was pleased to see Liverpool beat Newcastle United (Image: Getty Images)
Michael Owen was pleased to see Liverpool beat Newcastle United (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images for Premier League

In the clip, Owen explained how he only moved to Tyneside from Real Madrid in order to facilitate a move back to Anfield. He said: "Newcastle agreed that if I signed for them I could do one year and then they'd sell me to Liverpool for £12 million on an agreed fee. If I do another year, then they'd sell me for £8 million then another year £4 million so every year it was more attractive for Liverpool to buy me back.

"I was meant to be going back for £12 million but then I did my knee so then at every junction Liverpool bought Torres and Suarez and it never happened. At the end of every year, I tried to go back."

Reacting to that video at the time, Newcastle United fans slammed Owen as an 'embarrassment' and 'parasite'. One added: "Probs the most disrespectful thing I have ever seen from an ex player."

Another said: "Oh Michael, the feeling is mutual. We wish you hadn’t bothered also."

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