Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen set a Premier League record on Valentine’s Day 1998 that still stands today.
The teenager of the time Owen scored a hat-trick against Sheffield on Wednesday at Hillsborough, just 18 years and 62 days old.
His goals were only enough to earn Roy Evans’ side one point that day, having conceded the first game and lost 3-1 in the second half.
However, it was still an important moment in Owen’s life. Liverpool career, during his decisive season in a Reds jersey.
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His first goal saw him receive a deep ball from Steve McManaman, running between two defenders, then passing the ball past Kevin Pressman at the near post.
He continued that effort by being the first to respond after Robbie Fowler hit the post for his second; before controlling a lobbed pass from Paul Ince into the box and applying a skillful finish to propel the ball into the far corner to complete his hat trick.
Owen finished the 1997/98 season as a co-winner of the Premier League Golden Boot with 18 goals, alongside Dion Dublin and Chris Sutton, before heading to the World Cup with England.
After scoring three goals for the Reds on Valentine’s Day, Liverpool fans fell in love with their young striker, as shown in ECHO’s match report, which predicted his success in France later in the season. year.
“Yeah, this guy is REALLY special. Indeed, he has become Liverpool’s most valuable performer and, quite simply, their savior, ”one line in the report reads.
“Brazil has Ronaldo. Liverpool, and now England, have Michael Owen.
“It is not unreasonable to compare the young Reds striker to the brilliant Brazilian. It is also not unreasonable to suggest that our man will make less of an impression in the World Cup. “