Michael Owen was my hero as a child, says Aguero

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has revealed he used to follow Liverpool as a child and Michael Owen was his favourite player.

The 27-year-old, who is expected to return from a heel injury to face Arsenal on December 21, has excelled in the Premier League since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in July 2011, hitting 85 goals in 129 games.

And Aguero admits he had always kept an eye on England’s top-flight as a youngster, taking a particular interest in rivals Liverpool as he saw himself as a similar player to Owen.

“I always liked the Premier League, as a kid,” he told Match of the Day magazine.

“I used to like Liverpool because I liked Michael Owen. He was pretty small so I used to identify with him when I was seven or eight.

“Now I’m here I reckon, right now, the Premier League is better than not just the Spanish League but probably any other league in the world!”

Owen famously gave England a 2-1 lead against Argentina after scoring a stunning solo goal at the World Cup in 1998, with the Three Lions going on to lose 4-3 on penalties.