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“Roy Evans had called”: Ex-Sweden striker reveals how his injury meant Liverpool gave Michael Owen his big break

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Mathias Svensson reveals how close he came to joining Liverpool, but they gave the chance to Michael Owen instead Mathias Svensson is a name familiar to football fans in Sweden, and those who watched English football in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

With 74 Premier League appearances and three caps for Sweden, the 1.86m tall striker came close to joining the Reds under Roy Evans.

Now 47 and retired, Svensson had an impressive career where he played for teams such as Portsmouth, Derby County, and Charlton Athletic amongst others- but if things had worked out, he could have been a player for Liverpool.

• Stelios Giannakopoulos reveals he rejected Liverpool and Manchester City transfers for Bolton Wanderers stay • Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita of Liverpool nominated for the 2022 African Player of the Year award Svensson, meanwhile, managed to win the Football League First Division title in the 2003/04 season with Norwich City and the Allsvenskan with IF Elfsborg in 2006.

Roy Evans never came to watch me.

That meant Evans never came to watch Svensson and the Reds gave the then 17-year-old Michael Owen his big break towards the end of the 1996/97 season.

Robbie Fowler, Stan Collymore, and John Barnes wreaked havoc for the Reds week in, week out.
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