Don't foul please, Fowler wants to score
Robbie Fowler hasn't scored since returning to Liverpool in January. Now would be the perfect time to start.india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 17:40 IST
Robbie Fowler hasn't scored since returning to Liverpool in January. Now would be the perfect time to start.
The title holders host Benfica in a Champions League knockout match on Wednesday, trailing 1-0 from last month's first leg.
A Benfica shutout at Anfield will put Liverpool out of Europe's most prestigious club competition before the quarterfinals.
While the goal they conceded in Lisbon in the only one Liverpool have allowed in six matches, the five-time championsare struggling to score despite having Fowler, Fernando Morientes, Peter Crouch and Djibril Cisse in their squad.
Fowler hasn't scored in six games but has had two goals disallowed.
"I'd give anything to score the all-important goal on Wednesday," said the striker, one of the fans' all time favorites.
"I've been here for five or six games and I don't think I or any of the strikers are getting much luck. I've had two goals taken away in the last minute. After seeing the replay of the one against Charlton on Saturday, it looked a bit harsh."
Liverpool's 0-0 with Charlton means they have scored more than once in one of their past 12 league and cup games, a 2-1 FA Cup victory over ailing Portsmouth. A 1-0 win over the Portuguese champion would a penalty shootout.
A lifelong Liverpool fan despite stints at Leeds and Manchester City, Fowler attended last season's 1-0 semifinal win over Chelsea. He's hoping for a similar atmosphere Wednesday to scare Benfica.
"I was in the crowd for the Chelsea semifinal last season," he said.
"That was an incredible atmosphere and I know the Liverpool fans will be wanting to recreate something that special again. When they're that noisy they inspire our players and unsettle the opposition."