Here are the Liverpool morning headlines for Friday, August 14.

Owen explains Real Madrid move

Michael Owen has explained why he left Anfield in the summer of 2004 to join Real Madrid.

The former Liverpool striker claimed he received a phone call outlining Madrid’s interest and he wanted to take the move after Jamie Carragher told him not to go.

"When my agent phoned me and said 'listen, there's been a call from Real Madrid and they'd like to sign you' - I was in the same room as Carra (Jamie Carragher),” Owen exclusively told the ECHO’s Blood Red podcast.

"I'd share all my secrets with Carra, we were bezzie mates so to speak, and as soon as I put the phone down he knew what had been said.

"He told me not to do it, not to go and that I wouldn't get in the team with Ronaldo, Raul and Morientes but that was like red rag to a bull.

"My mindset at that time was that don't you worry, I'd be better than all those, sort of attitude. It's horrible to say and you feel big-headed saying it but unless you tell it how it is you can't put any of these stories into perspective.

"That was me at the time. If he had said, 'yeah go' - I'd probably think about staying. I was just all for proving people wrong.”

Tsimikas signing shows transfer policy

The signings of Kostas Tsimikas and Takumi Minamino demonstrate the changed Liverpool transfer policy.

It demonstrates how the club are no longer prioritising signing players to go straight into Jurgen Klopp’s first team but rather with a long-term vision of initially arriving as squad players.

Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson were the last arrivals who joined as planned starters but the transfer strategy has switched since then.

On the Analysing Anfield podcast, David Hughes said: "It's the ideal way to prepare for and execute a transition phase that might come in over the next couple of seasons.

"You have got these players who can come in and play at a similar level to the regulars who are of a similar mould.

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"I'm not anticipating that this will happen, but if someone was sold, then you haven't suddenly got to panic and get someone in. That will really aid the upcoming transition phase over the next year or two."

No Liverpool talks for Thiago

Liverpool have not opened negotiations to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara despite reports in Germany.

The ECHO understands that not only have the Reds not lodged an offer for the player but he is indeed no longer an active target.

Other reports have claimed the Spain international is available for £27million, with Liverpool keen to drop the value to £22m, but his future remains unclear.

The Manchester Evening News have denied reports that Manchester City are keen on a deal.