What do Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush and Michael Owen have in common? They all wrote their name in Liverpool FC history by bagging braces to turn FA Cup finals on their head. Liverpool fans shouldn't forget that.
Yes, Michael Owen completely scuppered any chance of being remembered as an Anfield legend by signing for Manchester United, but he should still be remembered as a Liverpool great.
Until he announced his impending retirement, it was easy to forget that Michael Owen was once one of the most exciting talents in European, if not world football. Those days came when he was a Liverpool player.
The 2001 European Footballer of the Year will see out his playing days as a bench warmer for a poor Stoke City team, but his decision to call it a day at the end of the season has prompted reflection on the player he was, not the player he has become. The same reflection should be performed by every Liverpool fan who was privileged to see Owen, at his peak, with a liver bird on his chest.
Here are the cold, hard facts. Owen scored 158 goals in 297 games, putting him eighth on the club's list of all-time top goal scorers. He won four major trophies in red, plus the European Super Cup and Charity Shield, in which he scored winners against European champions Bayern Munich and Premier League champions Manchester United, respectively.
He also netted the game-clinching goal against Man United in the 2003 League Cup final, having missed out on playing in the club's 2001 League Cup success. That year, Owen bounced back from the disappointment of being dropped for the Worthington Cup final to help fire Liverpool to a unique cup treble.
He scored two goals in a fantastic 2-0 away win against the Serie A champions-elect, Roma, as Liverpool marched on to UEFA Cup glory, as well as the winner against Porto in the last eight. That success represented the Reds' first continental silverware in 17 years and helped the club restore their reputation as a genuine European force.
Then there was the 2001 FA Cup final, in which Owen scored two dramatic late goals - the winner from an improbable angle - to help Liverpool rob an Arsenal team that was superior in every way, apart from their ability to finish like the Reds' number 10.
Despite all these achievements, Owen was never held in the same regard among most Liverpool fans as another great Anfield striker of the same era. Robbie Fowler was unquestionably the Kop's favourite son, even while Owen was banging in the goals for Liverpool.
For a club with fans that boast 'We're not English, we're scouse', it was perhaps no surprise that a personable scouser like Fowler - whose greatest goal scoring feats came in the red of Liverpool - was held with greater affection than a player who seemed like national property.
Having scored a World Cup wonder goal against Argentina barely a year after making his Liverpool debut, the Reds' Chester-born striker effectively became 'England's Michael Owen', feted for achievements that extended beyond the realms of L4, and that didn't sit comfortably with certain sections of Liverpool's support. "It soon become abundantly clear that Owen's major career goal was to eclipse Bobby Charlton's international goalscoring record of 49," argued a Liverpool fan in an article for When Saturday Comes, on the subject of 'Why Liverpool fans don't like Michael Owen'.
Then came Owen's decision to leave Anfield for Real Madrid in the summer of 2004 in search of greater glory. Not comfortable with seeing their best players leave, even for the world's biggest club, that decision went down like a lead balloon among Liverpool fans, as it did when Steve McManaman left for the Bernabeu in 1999.
Unlike McManaman, who won the Champions League in his first season at Madrid - knocking out Man United to boot - Owen won nothing in Spain. The Reds, meanwhile, won the Champions League against all the odds that very season, and Owen's Istanbul absence was enjoyed possibly more than that of Jose Mourinho and Tim Lovejoy.
Even so, when there was a chance Owen could have returned to Anfield a few months after that final, he would have been welcomed back by the vast majority of Liverpool supporters. The popularity of his subsequent move to Newcastle was confirmed when he was booed while playing for the Magpies in front of the Kop, whose massed ranks took great delight in his inability to score against the red men.
By 2009 Owen looked a spent force, so from a professional perspective he could hardly be blamed for taking the shock opportunity to sign for Manchester United, even if his reputation among the Anfield faithful plummeted to a new low.
It is understandable, therefore, that Michael Owen will never be regarded as a Liverpool legend, but Kopites don't need to like the man in order to acknowledge that he was a great player for their club.