Robbie Fowler has been told this week by reds boss Benitez that his contract will not be extended in to the next season.
Fowler who returned to Anfield in January 2006 for his second spell at the club was handed a one year extension in the summer of 2006 after salvaging some vital points for the reds in a number of appearances. However, a distinct lack of injuries to Liverpool’s three pronged attack has prevented Fowler from getting any kind of decent number of appearances for Liverpool this season.
Rafa Benitez is set to select Fowler for the last game at Anfield this season against Charlton on Sunday. Robbie Fowler may still also have a role to play in the European Cup Final.
Robbie himself believes his career isn’t over just yet:
“Obviously it will be an emotional day for me, but I want everyone to know I’m still completely focused on what I see as two very important games,” he said
“First I want to play well and win against Charlton to help us finish in third, and then there’s preparing for and hopefully playing a part in the Champions League final.
“I’ll think about everything else after that because I don’t want anything to interfere with such an important match.
“I also want people to know I’ve not even thought about the future beyond Liverpool. The manager explained the situation to me this week and it wasn’t a big surprise, to be honest.
“But everyone knows I’ve treated every game back at Liverpool in exactly the same way and given all I could for the team, and that’s going to be the case in the last two games as well.”
Fowler also admitted he’s grateful to be given the chance to say ‘goodbye’ to the fans after missing out on the opportunity when he left in 2001.
“At least this time I will get a chance to say goodbye properly because I was gutted the way it happened last time,” he added
“Since I’ve been back, the support I’ve had from the fans has been tremendous. It’s been even better than it was first time around.
“Maybe you appreciate it even more when you’ve been away and missed it so much, but I’ll never forget the reception they gave me and will always be thankful for it. I just hope I can finish with a few goals and a Champions League win.
“That would be the perfect way to end the season.”
Benitez, was also thankful to the player:
“We had a good meeting and he understood the situation,” said Benitez.
“He’s been a good signing for us and, of course, there are still two games left so his time at Liverpool is not over yet.”
“I hope Robbie can score a goal in front of The Kop,” added Benitez. “That would be a good way for him to say goodbye to the supporters.
“I want to say thank you to Robbie. He will play on Sunday and it’s good the fans will have a chance to see him at Anfield before he leaves us.
“I know how much he means to the club and the fans so it will be a special day for him on Sunday.”
Fowler has been linked with Bolton in the Premiership and a whole host of clubs across the world. His Liverpool record stands at 183 goals in 368 games.
This Sunday it really will be a day to worship ‘God’.