Apologies for the lack of updates in the last few days, but we’re sure you will have heard about one of the best pieces of news that happened this week. Robbie Fowler was offered a new one-year contract after impressing manager Rafael Benítez enough since he rejoined the Reds in January on what was effectively a six-month trial.
After the news was announced Robbie was finally able to tell the world how glad he was to be staying at the club that he loves so much. Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Robbie said: “It’s not signed yet but you can imagine how happy I was when the manager offered me another year. I can’t put my feelings into words, this is something I have wanted for a long time. When I signed for six months in January the manager told me he would look at the situation at the end of the season. He’s had a look at what I’ve done and thankfully I’ve been given the best possible answer.”
Robbie his happy enough himself with what he’s done: “I feel as though I’ve done alright and the manager has been pleased with me as well. I’m looking forward to next season now. I was buzzing when I got a six month deal so you can imagine how happy I am to have been given another year. I am absolutely over the moon. We’ve got two games to go and then a break before pre-season. I can’t wait for next season now. I just want to get going again. I’m gutted I have to miss next week’s Cup final but I wish the lads all the best and I know we can win it.”
Robbie isn’t able to take part in the FA Cup final because he appeared for City just before he left in January, but there’ll be nobody else in the stands getting behind Liverpool more than he will be. He also mentioned that he would love to try and get closer to the record of another Liverpool legend: “Ian Rush’s record for the club is frightening and if I can get a bit closer to it that’ll be great. I had been treating every game as though it could be my last for Liverpool but now I’ve got the added incentive of knowing I’ll get more chances to wear the red shirt next season. This club is going places. If you look at the table this season compared to last season there’s been a big improvement. Hopefully we can take it a little bit further next season. I would love to be part of a Liverpool side that wins the league championship and I am sure the manager is on the right lines towards achieving it.”
Robbie says the love of the fans is the biggest force that makes him love Liverpool FC so much: “Ever since I started at Liverpool as a kid the fans have taken to me and any player will tell you when the supporters of your club are behind you then that helps an awful lot. I just can’t thank them enough. They’ve given me so much support over the years and I’m grateful for that. Now I can’t wait to score more goals for them and the club over the next year.”
The man who made Robbie happy was the man who’s made a lot of Reds happy since he arrived at Anfield almost two years ago, boss Rafael Benítez. Rafa says it was an easy decision to make: “I said always it was an easy decision for me to make and in this case we have an agreement with Robbie and he will sign the contract early next week. We are really happy, all the staff, his team-mates, the club and the supporters. He has scored some important goals and we would like to see him scoring a lot of them and maybe to become the third all-time record goalscorer in the history of the club.”
Robbie’s contribution off the field is one aspect that has certainly helped him earn the new contract, according to Benítez: “He’s a fantastic team-mate and he’s a good worker. He’s really focused on the future and his commitment to this club is really good.”
So today comes Robbie’s last chance to play for Liverpool this season, which certainly sounds a lot better than last chance ever.