It seemed to be a good fit: Liverpool were getting the eagerly-awaited Premier League season under way at Anfield against Stoke City, and Michael Owen counts both sides as former clubs.
What a perfect stage for him to make his competitive BT Sport commentary debut.
Except, well, the overwhelming feedback from TV viewers on social networks was less than positive.
Owen did not do anything particularly wrong, and World of Sport personally thought the former injury-prone England striker's performance was perfectly acceptable; but it was clearly very much in the minority.
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