On this day: Robbie Fowler rejoins Liverpool

Eight years ago today, Liverpool re-signed Robbie Fowler following stints with Leeds United and Manchester City.

Never rejoin a former club - that is the mindset that is drummed into footballers.

Some, though, ignore that advice. The likes of Robbie Keane, Mark Hughes and Teddy Sheringham to name but three all returned to a familiar haunt during their respective careers.

Another player who made a similar jump eight years ago today was Robbie Fowler, who headed back to where it had all started for him.

At the age of 18 back in 1993, the striker scored on his Liverpool debut during a League Cup tie against Fulham. From that moment on, the frontman never looked back as he went on to score the Premier League's fastest ever hat-trick against Arsenal, as well as winning the Coca-Cola Cup in 1995.

It wouldn't be until 2001 that he won another trophy - three in fact - as the Reds lifted the FA Cup, the League Cup and the UEFA Cup. However, for parts of that campaign, manager Gerard Houllier often preferred Michael Owen and Emile Heskey in attack, which limited Fowler's starting opportunities.

A row with assistant manager Phil Thompson at the start of the next season all but sealed the centre-forward's fate and in November 2001, he was sold to Leeds United for £11m. Injuries hampered his time at Elland Road, just as they did during his three-season spell at Manchester City, all of which made his Anfield return after a five-year absence all the more surprising.

Then Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez justified the decision by saying: "He's got a wealth of experience and gives us more attacking options. He's different to the other strikers we have. We have signed a player with so much passion for this football club and I think he will act as an example to every player here in how much he loves Liverpool.

"I'm not sure I've ever seen a player quite so happy to be joining a club before. 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 Premiership and he can score goals for us right now.

"We have signed a player with a passion and a heart for this club that no amount of money can buy. We are close to a very high level right now but with Robbie we can go even higher."

Meanwhile, Fowler himself added: "Since I have left, deep down I have always wanted to come back and it has been a long time but I'm glad to say I'm back now. Leaving was probably one of my biggest regrets I have had in football. I'm chuffed to bits. I mean, I can't really believe it's happened again so I'm ecstatic to be honest."

His second stint would last for 18 months, in which Fowler scored 12 goals, taking his overall tally in a red shirt up to 183 in the process. As his career entered its autumn, he later played for Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers, North Queensland Fury, Perth Glory and Muangthong United.

Ipswich Town celebrate Marcus Stewart's goal at Anfield on December 10, 2000.
Read Next:
On this day: Ipswich win at Anfield
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account