Monday 27 January 2014
Robbie Fowler said he was delighted to be back at Anfield after Liverpool re-signed their former striker on a free transfer from Manchester City.
Fowler made his first debut for The Reds as an 18-year-old in 1993 and made 237 appearances in the Barclays Premier League, scoring 121 goals, before moving to Leeds United at the end of 2001. Just over two years later he moved on to City, but he could not hide his happiness after re-joining Liverpool at the age of 30.
“Since I have left, deep down I have always wanted to come back,” he said. “It has been a long time but I’m glad to say I’m back now. Leaving was probably one of the biggest regrets I have had in football.
“I’m chuffed to bits and can’t really believe it’s happened again, so I’m ecstatic.”
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said: “He hasn’t been signed because he loves the club, he’s been signed because he’s one of the best goalscorers ever to play in the Premier League and he can score goals for us right now.
“But we have signed a player with a passion and a heart for this club that no amount of money can buy. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a player quite so happy to be joining a club before. He will act as an example to every player here in how much he loves Liverpool.”
Fowler made his second Liverpool debut in a 1-1 draw against Birmingham City and hit form towards the end of the season with five goals in his final eight matches of the season. He featured less during the 2006-07 campaign but still found the net three times in the Barclays Premier League.
Fowler left the club during the summer and went on to play for Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers before moving to Australia and representing North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory. Fowler finished his playing days as player/coach of Muangthong United in Thailand and he is back at Anfield as a coach at Liverpool’s Academy.