Michael Owen has been “surprised” by the reaction to his recent autobiography Reboot.

The former England, Liverpool, and Newcastle United striker’s book has dominated headlines in the past week over his time on Tyneside.

Owen's relationship with former team-mate and club legend Alan Shearer was dissected, as well as his perceived regular use of a helicopter in the North East.

Speaking on Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast on Friday, Owen said footballers are often treated as punching bags and that he was not expecting his words to be “twisted” to create headlines.

He said: "I have been surprised by the reaction (to the book). The serialisation period is there for a reason and that’s to promote the book and get it out there.

"I expected that but not the way it has been twisted to create those headlines but it’s what they called fish and chip paper now and the real stuff is out there.

Sam Allardyce brings on Michael Owen of Newcastle United
Sam Allardyce brings on Michael Owen of Newcastle United

"It was definitely therapeutic. As a footballer you are a punching bag in many ways. People use you to have a go at. You cannot really say anything back and have to be respectful of the players you’re playing with and the fans.

"It’s refreshing for footballers to be open and honest and say why I did this or that’s why this transfer came about.

"Of course you can’t say that when you’re about to sign for someone. It relates to everything.

"I wanted to get to the best I could be in my career."

Owen's former sides square off again one another at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, with Jurgen Klopp's side heavy favourites to continue their perfect start in the Premier League.

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The 39-year-old believes the league leaders are almost "unbeatable" at home, and has tipped the hosts to dispatch Steve Bruce's side.

Owen finished: "Do you want me to rile up Newcastle fans even more? It's at Anfield and Liverpool are pretty much unbeatable there.

"Steve Bruce did get a great result at Tottenham so it's not a foregone conclusion but it's Anfield, I'm going for 2-0 (home win)."