Reds legend Robbie Fowler has admitted he was hoping the then manager Rafa Benitez would tap him up before his move back to Liverpool.
Fowler at the time was at Manchester City but found playing time hard to come by after being plagued by injuries, when the call came from Liverpool the decision was an easy one for the club legend.
— eir Sport (@eirSport) March 7, 2018
“I fell out with Stuart Pearce and ended up not playing, but it ended up working in my favour, to be honest,” he said ahead of eir Sport’s coverage of the Champions League Round of 16 second leg between Manchester City and FC Basel.
“Liverpool were struggling for goals and needed someone in or around the squad to give them a boost.
“I wasn’t playing, and fitted into what Liverpool wanted – a bit of experience and someone who could get a goal, even if it wasn’t as many I got before!
“I’d seen Rafa a few times when I had been at Liverpool games, and had a few chats with him.
“He never tapped me up, not by any means, but I sort of wanted him to!
“I wasn’t playing for City, and when you are not playing for a team, you begin to think you are miles away from playing for another big club.
“But Liverpool were struggling for goals, and Rafa rang me to ask me if I was interested in coming back.
“I was straight in my car. I knew I wanted it more than anything.”
Fowler went on to score a further 7 goals in 23 appearances during the 2007 campaign, helping the Reds to yet another Champions League final, even though he did not make the match the squad he looks back at his second stint with the club with great fondness.
“Going back was perfect. I was lucky in my career to score play a lot of games, score goals and win a lot of trophies with Liverpool, but nothing came close to going home,” he continued.
“It is no cliche to say it was by the far the best thing that ever happened to me.”
The man who is known as God by the Reds faithful scored a total of 178 goals for Liverpool during two spells.