After the final, former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker Owen was asked if he thinks the defeat will change the way Jurgen Klopp approaches big games. He said: “I don’t think it’s going to change much, like [Klopp] getting closer to the game, that just happens sometimes. I still think they are the best team in Europe, I really do. On other occasions her name has been engraved on the trophy.”
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand was shocked by Owen’s claim, saying: “How can you say they are the best team in Europe? They just lost the league and the Champions League final,” before adding: “I don’t think they’re the best team in Europe, I think you have to win the biggest trophies to be considered the best.” to become. They’re an incredibly exciting team, the point record they have in the league, the consistency in that. They’ve played, they’ve played in every single game that’s been available to them, but you’ve got to get your hands on the big trophies to to be called the best team in Europe.
“I don’t think they will be considered and it would be disrespectful to Real Madrid to say that.”
Owen then took to Twitter to clarify his position. He said: “If one team beats another, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are better. Would you support Madrid to beat Liverpool if they play again next week? Or Man City, who dominated them for 160/180 minutes. I have so much respect for Madrid but I just think Liverpool are better.”
After the game in Paris, where Vinicius Jr scored the only goal of the game in Real Madrid’s win over Liverpool, Owen said: “In the season they’ve played, I still think they’re the team that it has to be beaten. Real Madrid have to.” past them today, but you know as well as anyone that a once-in-a-lifetime game is a once-in-a-lifetime game.
“I still think they’re the scariest team in Europe and they don’t have either of the big trophies to their name so that’s going to be the biggest pill to swallow.”
Owen believed Liverpool would be the clear winner and lift their seventh European Cup when he tweeted ahead of kick-off on Saturday: “Paris leaping up. Two European heavyweights are about to duel. It’s a miracle Madrid reached the final, but it’s in Liverpool that they face their biggest challenge. I can imagine the Reds winning that easily.”
Quoting his own tweet, the ex-Liverpool star added: “I love how this tweet has gotten so much traction. As experts, we are supposed to give an opinion. I obviously misunderstood that, as did a lot of people who were into Liverpool too. By the way, Stevie G and Rio said the same thing as me on the air. But you know a lot more than we do…”