Full disclosure, I wasn’t “one of us” during the reign of Robbie Fowler at Liverpool. Back then, in 1993/94, I was just emerging from a childhood of American football and posters of sports cars. I was just becoming an independent person around the time Fowler entered his second season with the club. There were crushes and road trips and beer. There was no thought of Liverpool FC yet in my mind. In fact, sports were completely off the table for me. I probably thought I was an artist or something. No, I definitely thought I was an artist or something.
But, I’ve always been a fan of icons. And Robbie Fowler, God, seems to be as terrific an ambassador for Liverpool as he was a goal-scoring machine long ago in the last millennium. He’s just recently been out talking up the club to Sport360.
“Liverpool should always have ambitions to finish as high up in the table as possible,” said Fowler. “We always want to finish in the Champions League places.
“I hasn’t really happened a few times in the past years for various reasons but I certainly think with the players we’ve got and the manager, we can do it.
“I’m confident that Liverpool will finish in the top four, anything beyond that would be a massive bonus.”
Finishing outside of the top four this season would be more than disappointing. This team, this manager, on the evidence out there, deserves to end the season comfortably in the Champions League spots. But, the league is the league and it’s a long haul to the finish line. There will be plenty of time for shouting about league positions. Right now, as Fowler points out, is the time to take pleasure in what we’re seeing on the pitch.
“They’re a joy to watch at the minute,” he said. “They’re exciting. Everyone’s scoring goals. They’ve had some great results.
“But, I don’t think anyone associated with the club will be getting carried away. We all know there’s a long way to go but it’s exciting times.”
Fowler, forgive me for those dark years before I knew you. Amen.