Ahead of Manchester City’s League Cup semi-final against Liverpool, Sergio Aguero has revealed that Michael Owen was his hero when he was younger.

“One of the players who was my idol when I was a boy was Michael Owen,” he said. “He was quite small and had an eye for goal, just like me. When Liverpool were winning trophies, I was looking out for them because Owen was doing well. It’s ever since he scored for England against Argentina in ‘98, although I wasn’t too happy at the time. I cursed him pretty badly for scoring that, but getting that goal didn’t stop me from admiring him.”

Reports in today’s press suggest that Brighton are interested in signing Owen although this is highly unlikely. The former Liverpool striker has revealed several times that when United let him go, he will probably retire, as anywhere else would be a step too far down.