Jamie Carragher has asked Liverpool fans to be understanding of Michael Owen’s decision to join Manchester United, ahead of his testimonial at Anfield, which Owen will feature in.

Owen returned with Newcastle a few years ago and was booed by the home crowd so it should come as no surprise that he got a rotten time when returning with United last season.

Carragher hopes that Liverpool fans see the bigger picture this weekend though.

“He left in difficult circumstances, but when he went to Manchester United, his career was on a bit of a downward spiral and he’ll admit that himself,” said Carragher. “So the chance to go to one of the biggest clubs in the world was difficult to turn down. He moved and upset some people, but he had to do what was right for himself and his family. His kids were just starting school and he wanted to move back home so that came into it as well.”