Speed would like to see Robbie turn Trotter

With Robbie Fowler’s future still up in the air, the vultures from other clubs are circling with keen interest should his so brief second spell at Anfield be killed off in the summer. Rafael Benitez will not be drawn yet on his decision about a new Fowler contract, and Bolton Wanderers are one of the clubs interested in giving him somewhere to play should Rafa reject him.

Sam Allardyce has already mentioned his interest in taking Fowler, but Robbie won’t listen to any other offers until Liverpool make their decision. Bolton’s former Everton midfielder Gary Speed would love to see Robbie in “fat” Sam’s side next season. Speaking to Sky, Speed said: “He’s a fantastic player and fantastic goalscorer. If the ball falls in box, there’s one player you want it to fall to, or in our case, wouldn’t want it to fall to, and he stuck it away.” Speed was referring to Fowler’s winner against Bolton on Sunday, although Allardyce seemed to think that well-taken shot was actually a mis-ht.

According to Speed, Allardyce would be able to get value out of Fowler: “Sam’s record of getting the best out of his players is second to none. I can personally vouch for that and I’m sure Robbie would be a great addition here, if that was the case. But I’m sure, if you spoke to Robbie about that, he’d be hoping to stay at Liverpool.”