Club Career

Liverpool (1996-2004)


When Owen was studying at Hawarden High School, his talent in football was spotted by the powerhouses of English Premier League (EPL), namely Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool. To recruit Owen, Steve Heighway, the Liverpool youth development officer wrote to Owen personally.


The personal touch from major officer has drawn Owen’s interest and he has subsequently signed with the Liverpool youth team.

1995 - 1996

During the 1995 – 1996 season, Owen scored multiple hattricks against the defending FA Youth Cup champions, Manchester United and Crystal Palace in quarterfinals and semi-finals, respectively. In the final, Owen missed the first leg of the final against West Ham United but returned for the second leg to score in a 2-1 win. It was the first time that Liverpool had won the FA Youth Cup and Owen was widely considered the star of the victory. This was all happened when Owen was only 16.

1996 - 2000

Owen’s outstanding performance has granted him the professional contract with Liverpool and was rated as one of the best young players of the generation that included Paul Scholes, David Beckham, and Robbie Fowler by Ted Powell, the championship-winning coach of the England under-18 side.

Owen won the Premier League Golden Boot and PFA Young Player of the Year in 1997 – 1998.

2000 - 2004

In 2000 – 2001 and 2001 – 2002 season, Owen became the first English winner of the European Footballer of the Year as he delivered fascinating performance on five major sporting events that eventually helped Liverpool end a six-year trophy drought by winning League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, Charity Shield and the UEFA Super Cup, making Liverpool the first English team to win five trophies in one calendar year.