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Monday 27 January 2014

On this day in 2006: Fowler's shock return to Liverpool

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Liverpool re-signing club legend Robbie Fowler

  • Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler said he was "chuffed to bits" after returning to Anfield

  • He was in fine form in his first season back at Anfield, scoring five in the last eight matches

  • Fowler came through Liverpool's academy and scored 121 league goals in his first spell

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

27 January 2006 - Fowler "chuffed" at surprise Liverpool return

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.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler returned to Anfield