Gerard Houllier believes Michael Owen will move abroad at some stage of his career, although he expects the England striker to sign a new deal ahead of Euro 2004.
Houllier, in an interview with The People, said: "Hopefully, a decision [on a new contract] will be made before he goes to Euro 2004 with England next month."
But he added that a move abroad should follow - and that Owen will be a major star on the continent.
"At some stage I imagine he will go abroad. Whether it's this year
or in two years' time, I don't know," said Houllier. "What I do know is that he could cope with everything that entails."
Houllier has also confirmed he is staying as manager