Happy Birthday Robbie Fowler: Liverpool legend's five best goals

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The former Reds striker turned 39 today and, having scored a remarkable 183 goals for the club, there are plenty of wonder strikes to choose from.


Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler celebrated his 39th birthday today and, five years after he left the club for pastures new in Australia, we take a look back at five of his finest goals in a Red shirt.

Fowler scored 183 goals in total during two spells at the club which spanned from 1993 until 2002, when he departed for Leeds United.

After just two seasons with the Yorkshire club, he moved on to Manchester City, where he spent four years before Anfield's prodigal son returned home in 2006 for a final hurrah in front of the Kop for two years.

Fowler's career also took in stints at Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers, North Queensland Fury, Perth Glory and, lastly, Thai outfit Muangthong United - where he would later become manager - before he quit the game in 2012 to concentrate on media commitments.

To celebrate the achievements of a man firmly pressed into Liverpool folklore, here are some stunning strikes as we take a trip down memory lane.

1) Liverpool 3-0 Aston Villa - March 3 1996

The Reds had started the 1995/1996 season in impressive fashion and remained in contention for the Premier League title as the campaign headed into March.

Villa, who would ultimately finish just eight points adrift of Liverpool in fourth, were simply blown away by the Reds' electric start as Steve McManaman's early stunner, followed by Fowler's brace which included a wonder goal, put the hosts out of sight after just eight minutes.

For Fowler's first, he received the ball with his back to goal from fellow goalscorer McManaman but in one slick turn past former Red Steve Staunton, he was away, before unleashing a powerful left-foot effort beyond the stranded Mark Bosnich.

(Goal 4:14 minutes in) 

2) Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool - October 1 1995

Fowler struck a superb double to deny United all three points as two of England's fiercest rivals went head to head at Old Trafford.

His first was all about sheer power as he unleashed a ferocious effort at Peter Schmeichel's near post to stun the Dane and the whole of the ground for that matter.

Collecting a pass from midfield on the left-hand side of the area, Fowler used his weaker left foot, but it did not matter one iota as his strike flashed into the roof of the net.

3) Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool - October 1 1995

The Reds frontman actually ranked this as one of his five favourites for the club so it felt suitable to include the second half of his Old Trafford brace.

Michael Thomas' sliderule pass in behind the back four found Fowler in a wide-left position once again but this time, having fended off the attentions of Gary Neville, the Liverpool man cut onto his right foot.

It hardly made a difference this time either as he showed the presence of mind to loft the ball over a stranded Schmeichel and hand Liverpool the lead.

(Goals 0:48 and 0:56 minutes in)

4) West Ham United 2-1 Liverpool - September 27 1997

Perhaps Fowler's purest hit of a football and what a goal it turned out to be, albeit one that ultimately proved little more than a consolation strike in a defeat at the home of the Hammers.

A first-half goal from John Hartson had handed the east London outfit the perfect start but Fowler capitalised on David Unsworth's poor header at the start of the second period to haul his side level.

The ball looped into the air on the edge of the area and fell perfectly for Fowler, who lashed home with a stunning volley but it wasn't enough to avoid defeat, as Eyal Berkovic notched a winner.

5) Liverpool 1-1 Birmingham City (Liverpool win 5-4 on penalties) February 25 2001

The Reds won the first of their 2000-2001 treble thanks, in large part, to Fowler's contribution as the striker scored the Reds' opener before keeping his cool to convert in a tense penalty shootout.

His finish was breathtaking as he volleyed past Ian Bennett with an arcing effort after latching onto Emile Heskey's flick-on.

Fowler's partner in crime up front climbed above his marked to nod on Sander Westerveld's long goal kick before the Toxteth-born striker did the rest to send the Liverpool end of the Millenium Stadium into raptures.

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