6 Questions You'd Love to Ask Former Liverpool Striker Robbie Fowler
Adored by Liverpool fans globally for his extraordinary striking talents in the 1990s and 2000s, Robbie Fowler is consistently mentioned as one of the fans' all-time favourite players.
In his two spells at Anfield he scored a total of 183 goals in 369 appearances, taken in by fans as the much-loved local hero.
With his playing career behind him now—and a career full of twists and turns—it would be intriguing to sit down and ask him about his opinion of his eventful life so far.
What Was Your Greatest Moment as a Liverpool Player?
Fowler's two spells at Liverpool between 1993-01 and 2006-07 hold some very happy memories for both he and fans.
From his debut at the age of 17 against Bolton in an FA Cup tie in 1993, scoring the Premier League's fastest hat-trick in four minutes and 33 seconds against Arsenal in 1994, winning his first trophy—the League Cup in 1995—to the incredible treble of League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup in the 2000/01 season.
But what is Fowler's pick of the bunch?
How Did You Feel When Gerard Houllier Sold You to Leeds Utd in 2001?
Fowler's relationship with French manager Gerard Houllier was a difficult one and the striker's drop in form and the arrival of Emile Heskey from Leicester City ultimately led to Fowler being sold to Leeds United for £12 million in 2001.
The Kop had lost its "God."
But in his autobiography, Fowler (2005), he alludes to a darker end to his first spell at Liverpool. Sarah Edworthy wrote in her book review of the autobiography for the Guardian:
Fowler writes bluntly: 'He [Houllier] lied to me', in a reference to a private promise to make him central to plans at Liverpool. Emile Heskey and Michael Owen started more games than Fowler, who was not played regularly enough to hit his rhythm. He endured regular dressing-downs in front of embarrassed team-mates. Fowler writes that Houllier used the influential Liverpool Echo to make fans question his form and attitude, briefing a young, raw reporter, Chris Bascombe, against him, even telephoning the writer to berate him if he had praised Fowler in a game. (Bascombe later explained in detail Houllier's tactics, having wised up when pressured to do the same with Owen.)
How did Fowler feel when he was pushed out of the club?
What Was Your Relationship Like with Your Strike Partners?
Back in the days when 4-4-2 was the norm, Fowler had three key successful strike partnerships during his first and major spell at Liverpool.
He formed an instant bond with his boyhood hero Ian Rush, who was at the club until 1996, before a prolific partnership with Stan Collymore. Toward the end of his first spell at Anfield, it was a partnership with Michael Owen that caught the headlines.
Off the field, it was widely known that he had a close friendship with midfielder Steve McManaman, but what were his relationships like with Rush, Collymore and Owen?
What Advice Do You Have for the Children of Toxteth Nowerdays?
Fowler is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, product to come out of the Toxteth area of Liverpool.
Born in 1975 and being just six at the time of the infamous Toxteth riots of 1981 when political unrest and poverty sparked aggressive hostility in the area, Fowler has been and can still be a major role model for children from the south Liverpool district.
In 2014, Toxteth is a very different place, but still has its fair share of economic and social inclusion problems.
How could Fowler advise and direct the youth of Toxteth today based on the successful future he carved out for himself?
Do You Have Any Regrets About Your Playing Career?
Although he was a naturally gifted and wonderfully talented footballer, some would argue that Fowler's career didn't live up to its full potential.
Having lost his place at Liverpool to Owen and Heskey by 2001, Fowler went to become somewhat of a journeyman footballer, with spells at Leeds Utd, Manchester City, a return to Liverpool with Rafa Benitez in 2006, Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers, North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory of Australia, before ending his playing career at Muangthong United.
At the international level, Fowler earned 26 caps for England and he alludes to his thoughts of the national team's bad management structure in his autobiography.
But however much his career wasn't straightforward, it doesn't lack colour either. Does the man himself have any regrets about his 19 years on the pitch, and would he change anything if he could go back?
Can You See Yourself in Football Management?
Now at the age of 38 and working closely with Liverpool in an advisory coaching role with the club's academy players—and as an ambassador on promotional tours—Fowler is settling into life after playing.
In January 2014, he told the Daily Mail's Abhishek Paul that he would love to manage a team in the growing and lucrative Indian Super League.
I was player-manager in Thailand for a little bit and really enjoyed it and that whetted my appetite.
Everyone has got to start somewhere in the UK, so let’s see what happens.
What are his plans for football management, and could he ever see himself in the Anfield hot seat one day?
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