MICHAEL OWEN expected a THIRD Champions League draw as he wrongly believed Liverpool were mistakenly prevented from getting the chance to play Villarreal.

Villarreal were the sixth group runner-up to be picked out with Liverpool, Juventus and Real Madrid the only group winners remaining.

Michael Owen was left bemused after Liverpool were prevented from playing Villarreal

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Michael Owen was left bemused after Liverpool were prevented from playing Villarreal

But with Inter Milan also still in the hat it meant Liverpool could not be involved in the Villarreal draw.

That is because Inter could not play fellow Italian side Juventus, nor Real Madrid because they were in the same group.

But Owen missed that completely in his analysis of the draw on BT Sport.

He said: “I thought it was (wrong again).

“It could easily be me but I can’t think of a reason why Liverpool, at the end it says they (Villarreal) can only play one team.

“And I’m sure Liverpool could have played them as well. They weren’t in their group.

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“The only way is if none of the other teams could have played the other two teams, then Liverpool had to.”

As a result of the rules in place, Liverpool will travel to the San Siro once again this season.

Their first leg against Inter will take place in February, with Villarreal taking on Juventus.

Real were paired in a glamour tie against Paris St Germain, who finished as runners-up to Manchester City in Group A.

But Los Blancos will not be happy with that outcome having protested the need for a second draw after initially landing Benfica in the error-filled first draw.

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