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Name Robbie Fowler
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc One of the most ruthless goalscorers the Premier League has ever seen. 120 goals in just 236 league appearances in his first stint at Liverpool, before more troubled spells Leeds, Manchester City and Blackburn. No matter. You do not earn the only semi-ironic nickname ‘God’ for no reason

Affiliation

Club as Coach Brisbane Roar
Club as Player Blackburn Rovers
  Manchester City
  Leeds United
  Liverpool FC

Relationship

Coach Gerard Houllier
Teammate Michael Owen

2016 12 05 Retrieve

[The Reds face Los Blancos in a charity match on March 25 at Anfield] We’re really looking forward to playing Real Madrid next spring. We hope to put on a really good show for our fans in the first legends game held at Anfield, while raising funds for the Liverpool FC Foundation

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Robbie Fowler speaks about waking up in the early hours to watch his beloved Liverpool] I’m not a great sleeper anyway so I actually stayed up and watched it. It’s what you do with football isn’t it?

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson once talked of knocking the Liver bird off its perch as he plotted Manchester United’s domination of the title race for two decades] It’s not just a question of reclaiming its place on the perch Fergie talked about – the Liver bird is soaring. For the generation of fans who have never seen Liverpool win the title, there is a sense that Jurgen Klopp is giving the club its pride back

To reach the Champions League final two years running is not down to luck. You don’t come back from a three-goal deficit against Barcelona in a semi-final by just hoping the noise of Anfield will frighten them and the cards will fall your way

He knows what he is doing. He understands the touchstone for success is straight from Bill Shankly’s philosophy: He wants to make the people happy. That means playing the right way – whether it’s called rock and roll football, heavy metal football or whatever – with a work ethic that gives his team a realistic chance of winning. He recognises that success on the pitch has to be earned and is not a God-given right

Liverpool have always won stuff, or been in contention for trophies, but when you think of the Klopp era – and how close they came to the title last season – all of a sudden it makes you realise that when I played, we never really came close. Now they have a genuine chance of being champions for the first time in 30 years. It’s not over by a long chalk – there are 26 games to go – but eight points is a big gap. This is Liverpool’s time

[He does not regard his assignment Down Under as a stepping stone to bigger things back home, but why shouldn’t he aim to become Liverpool manager one day?] I was always a confident lad on the football field, I always believed I was better than everyone else. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and between them, my family and the Liverpool coaching staff would never have allowed me to walk the wrong side of the line. But I have the same passion for the game now that I had as a striker – and that passion makes me want to be the best at whatever I do

If I’m going to be successful as a coach or manager, I’m aiming for the top – and right now, the top means Liverpool … but I don’t think Jurgen has any plans to go somewhere else any time soon

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has said that football must not turn on itself when the coronavirus crisis ends] There are no black-and-white decisions, only shades of what’s right and wrong. I even feel guilty for just thinking about sport during the current health crisis. But conversations have to take place now about what the future will bring - and that includes how we eventually get back to playing and watching.

Voiding the season would lead to all kinds of legal challenges – and so would any attempt to rule that league tables should stand from the date the lockdown came

I hope that everyone ­accepts when a decision is made it has the best interests of football at heart. The last thing we need once the health crisis is over is for football to be plunged into a civil war that will take the game into the courts. We need to remember what’s really important.

[Fowler has warned fans, however, not to expect to be able to cheer on their sides in a live environment for a long time to come] What I am sure of is that football cannot afford to wait for when it’s safe for fans to return to stadiums. Mass gatherings will be the last thing the government ­allows once lockdown ­measures begin to be lifted. So it’s increasingly likely games must be played behind closed doors.

Is that ideal? Of course not. It goes against all my natural instincts. But it is the lesser of all the evils. Not least because I think watching football again will give millions of people something to look forward to in the months ahead.

Sports, hobbies and pastimes help us to stay sane. For many, they are a way of life. We can’t visit our families or friends, go to the cinema, shopping centre, gym or the pub. So, once the authorities believe it’s safe for players and officials to cross the white line again, it will give all who love the world’s most popular game a massive lift

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Robbie Fowler says RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner would not have been good enough for Liverpool] I’ve heard the noise ­surrounding Timo Werner in recent weeks – but I’m not a big fan. I realise he’s a talented player, he has moments of real brilliance in matches that underline his quality, but I stand by this: is Werner up to the standard of Liverpool’s current front three? Not for me. Obviously my opinion will be put to the test next season if he does complete a move to Chelsea. There has been so much rumour around his intended destination for months now, with my former club at the heart of that, but most of the other big names in European football have been linked to him. I’ve also seen the meltdown from some Liverpool fans when they ­realised he’s probably not leaving RB Leipzig for Anfield after all. It makes it seem as though he’s a Marco van Basten, a world-class player who would walk into any side. For the life of me, I don’t know why. I’ve watched him a fair few times and there are things about his game I like and admire, but does he influence games consistently enough? Not for me. Does he match up to the players you are signing him to challenge and replace? Not at Liverpool. Maybe at Chelsea

[Fowler added on Liverpool’s reluctance to meet Werner’s price tag] I’ve heard so many people ­complaining about Liverpool owners not splashing the cash, not diving in on ­Werner when he’s a ‘steal’ at £52m. Is he really, though? This is the reality – all those other clubs, Barcelona, Liverpool, Juventus, Real Madrid, Man City and United have looked at him and thought, in the current market, his release clause fee is too high. How do we know that? Because otherwise, they would have activated it. To be honest, I see a situation where Chelsea saw perhaps the only circumstance in which they would sign Werner. That they had to pay the ­release fee to get him – because other clubs wouldn’t. In short, they had to pay a massive premium to make him come to their club. We’ve seen it before with clubs struggling a tiny bit – they pay over the odds to get players. City had to do that for a while, Chelsea themselves too. At times, Liverpool have done that over the past two decades. It rarely worked for them