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Liverpool - Top 30 players - Number 16

Not many footballers get called God.

The man nicknamed by the Kop as 'God', Fowler was the hero of many Liverpool fans who followed the club in the 90's and early 2000's prior to his departure to Leeds United.

Fowler made his mark on his debut for the Reds in 1993 in a 3-1 win over Fulham in the League Cup second round tie - and scored all five in a 5-0 win in the return leg. From then on the Toxteth Terror would give opposition defences nightmares. His goalscoring instinct never left him. 

At the start of the 1994/95 season, he scored the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history during a 3-0 win over Arsenal - timed at four minutes and 33 seconds, which stood until Sadio Mane of Southampton bettered it against Aston Villa in May 2015.

Injuries played their part in slowing him down a little but that instinct never left him. He was part of the side that managed to lift a historic cup treble in 2001 - scoring the opening goal in the League Cup final against Birmingham City, and Liverpool's fourth in the 5-4 extra time win against Alaves in the UEFA Cup final in Dortmund.

He also played a huge role in guiding the side into the Champions League, scoring twice in the 4-0 win at Charlton Athletic which assured Liverpool's place in the qualification round of the competition.

But it was later in 2001 that Fowler would end up leaving the club in 2001, and he moved on to Manchester City two years later.

In January 2006, City allowed him to leave the club six months before his contract expired to return to Liverpool where Fowler admitted he felt like he was a kid on Christmas morning, but was denied the fairytale return as his late strike against Birmingham City was ruled out for offside - which would've been the winner. 

He did find the net in March against Fulham and found the net on four further occasions until the end of the season as he helped the side reach their record points tally in the Premier League era at the time. 

The following season he was used among the fringe players by Rafa Benitez as Liverpool made it to the Champions League final in 2007, and was a good option to freshen the side up - scoring seven goals in all competitions. It was more like the send-off he wanted the first time around as he got to say goodbye, but was withdrawn immediately before Liverpool were awarded a penalty in a 2-2 draw against Charlton Athletic, denying him the chance to go out with a goal. Over his two spells, he scored 183 goals in 369 games for the Reds. 

After Liverpool he had spells with Cardiff City, North Queensland Fury, Perth Glory and Muang Thong United before retiring in 2012. Now, Fowler is looking to get into management. 

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