Michael Owen accuses Gary Lineker of asking him “naughty question” live on BT Sport before the midweek Champions League action.
The former Liverpool player turned pundit appeared on BT Sport for a Champions League quarter-final clash between the two European heavyweights on Tuesday, was speaking about the two clubs Liverpool and Real Madrid ahead of kick-off.
Owen has previously played for both sides during his career with the forward progressing through the ranks as a youngster at Anfield in 1996 before signing for Real Madrid in 2004.
The former England international spent just one season at the Bernabeu before returning to Britain and signing for Premier League side Newcastle United.
In the BT Sport studio on Tuesday, Lineker said to Owen: “You played for both clubs, Michael…”
Owen replied: “It carries you, doesn’t it. The badge, honestly, I don’t think people realise but when you get to the later stages, if you’re equal, that club experience, that badge doesn’t half carry you.”
Lineker said: “Which badge did you prefer, Michael?” Owen replied: “That’s a naughty question!
“Liverpool of course, Liverpool was my life, wasn’t it?” Lineker concluded: “I was only teasing.”
As Michael Owen accuses Gary Lineker of asking him a “naughty question” live on BT Sport, it didn’t take viewers long to start feeling annoying at seeing Michael Owen on their TV screens, see what they said below…
@remembermedaily: Fuckin hate Michael Owen the Judas prick
@balisebitz_2: Michael Owen does my head in
@Yorkshire77: I watch Michael Owen on tv and find myself questioning whether or not he’s the thickest pundit on tv .. there’s some competition but I think he might win it. He’s football anaesthetic
@JamesUTD__: why is michael owen still a pundit
@totalcristiano: Michael Owen started talking and ruined it.
@_V_IR: Put your tv on mute when Michael Owen speaks
@strettyEd: Michael Owen on one channel Jake Humphrey on the other christ BT are on it. 🙄
@shed1409: Still to this day irritated by us giving Michael Owen a payday buying him from Madrid. I actually was one of the idiots who went to the stadium to greet him giving him a wave. Fucking BT Sport pundits. #NUFC #TodaysRant
@_MI4H: Michael Owen off to a stellar start here: “if Liverpool get a result tonight the belief to go further in this tournament will increase” truly world class
@jqckainIey: Can never forgive BT for getting rights to the champions league n then giving michael owen and Robbie savage punditry roles
@jaspreetgill__: i’d rather sit and watch paint dry then listen to michael owen go on
@solskjaer1999: Michael Owen putting Zidane in the same breath as SlippyG And not mentioning Scholes says it all.
@willlshepherd: Michael owen painful to listen to absolute idiot
@Bibbsxx: Why is Michael Owen such a tool
@dezreport: Always amazing seeing Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand talk about tactics on TV, when the closest they’ve been to a tactics board was when they were receiving instructions from Sir Alex Ferguson .These guys are the ones who tag Managers “Finished” and “Progressive”. My God.
@OneGrumpyMF: Michael Owen talks absolute bollocks Pass It On #BTSport
OWEN’S PLAYING CAREER:
1996–2004 – Liverpool – 216 games (118 goals)
2004–2005 – Real Madrid – 36 games (13 goals)
2005–2009 – Newcastle United – 71 games (26 goals)
2009–2012 – Manchester United – 31 games (5 goals)
2012–2013 – Stoke City – 8 games (1 goal)
Total – 362 games (163 goals)
England U15 – 8 games (12 goals)
England U16 – 11 games (15 goals)
England U18 – 14 games (10 goals)
1997 – England U20 – 4 games (3 goals)
1997 – England U21 – 1 game (1 goal)
2006–2007 – England B – 2 games (0 goals)
1998–2008 – England – 89 games (40 goals)
One amusing moment for viewers tuning into BT Sport three months back saw presenter Jake Humphrey offered Peter Crouch to do something rude live on TV before kick off of Southampton’s game against Leicester.
Presenter Jake Humphrey turned to Peter Crouch and asked: “Do you wanna just crack one out for those who er…”
“No I do not, thanks Jake” was the reply from the much loved former footballer, with many suggesting on social media that it was one way to keep him warm at least.
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) January 16, 2021
One moment a lot of fans will remember happening live on BT Sport was when a Newcastle fan mocked Robbie Savage with a rude sign prior to their side’s Premier League clash against Tottenham in July 2020.
He was getting ready to co-commentate for the fixture, but one Magpies fan decided to show a sign which read ‘Savage is a wanker live on national TV.
It left the pundits in the studio commentating rather red-faced after spotting what the banner said on the screen behind them in the studio.
The person behind it was Jay Garland, who has received a message saying he was removed from the wall.
— Captain PubWatch (@youngin_uk) July 15, 2020
— jay garland (@jaygarland1) July 15, 2020