Anfield return was unbeatable, but Manchester United defeat was worst moment
It was one of those rare occasions for Liverpool: a transfer which worked for everyone. Benitez gained a wily and experienced striker (who would go one to score nine goals in 21 appearances that season – not bad) and Fowler returned to the club he loved.
The Liverpool fans, meanwhile, got the return of a player none of them had ever wanted to leave. His ‘second debut’ against BirminghamCity was a joyous occasion.
This week, Fowler revealed in a question-and-answer session on Twitter that that return to Merseyside ranks as his greatest moment in football.
“When was I happiest? That would probably be 2006, when I returned. You think you'll never get a chance again; I was looking to get that chance.”
“My greatest achievement? Again, I would say when I re-signed with Liverpool.”
Fowler helped Liverpool to an impressive third-placed finish that season, and was kept on for the 2006-07 campaign, making another 23 appearances for the Reds, scoring seven goals, before he departed Anfield for good in July 2007.
He left having won with Liverpool two League Cups, an FA Cup, Uefa Cup, European Super Cup and a Charity Shield. The Premier League, however, remained elusive.
Fowler also revealed his biggest disappointment was losing 1-0 to Manchester United in the 1996 FA Cup final, and said that Roy Evans was the best manager he played under.
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