Liverpool Legend Robbie Fowler Talks to B/R on Tour, Yankee Stadium and More

By , World Football Staff Writer Jul 29, 2014

Liverpool Legend Robbie Fowler Talks to B/R on Tour, Yankee Stadium and More

 
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When Robbie Fowler rejoined Liverpool as a player for a second spell in January 2006, the excitement and joy in his words and on his face were clear for all to see, such were his emotional links with the club he came through the youth system with.

Almost a decade later, Fowler has now signed another new contract with the club—becoming an official ambassador earlier this month and representing Liverpool in a variety of ways, including being out on the current United States preseason tour.

Speaking to Fowler, it remains obvious that he is delighted to be around the club and that he’d do anything within his power to help out in any way.

“Everybody knows my association with the club, and this role lets me stay involved,” Fowler said. “I helped out beforehand, too, but signing the contract makes it more special, continuing my relationship with the club. I’ve gone from youth player to first-team player, and now I represent the club with organisations, charities and giving a familiar face to new fans along the way.”

Along with Ian Rush, Fowler works with the community side of the club to appear at functions and charities, getting to see a side of the football club’s tour that most fans don’t get to appreciate. Indeed, not every club even takes on board this side to a trip abroad. Naturally, the emphasis is on the first team and fitness levels, but Liverpool get hugely involved locally, visiting hospitals or charities, foundations and individuals and more besides.

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Why Marcos Rojo Is the Solution to Liverpool’s Left-Back Problem

By , Featured Columnist Jul 29, 2014

Why Marcos Rojo Is the Solution to Liverpool's Left-Back Problem

 
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After 24 years of fruitlessly trying to lift England’s top football prize, Liverpool proved once more to be so near and yet so far in 2013/14. A dynamic side coached by Brendan Rodgers led the Premier League for large stretches of the year, only to fall short in the final weeks and allow Manchester City to sneak home for the title. 

There was no shortage of reasons the Reds could not break that drought of almost a quarter-century. But looking back over the 38 games, defensive fragility and inattention in key games have to rank as principal culprits. 

Liverpool conceded 50 goals over the course of the season, an average of well over one per game and 13 more than their title rivals allowed. 

And who can forget the spectacular collapse that followed a 2-0 reverse to Jose Mourinho’s men, the result that really put the title out of reach? Cruising 3-0 up against Crystal Palace, Liverpool somehow conspired to draw the match with 10 minutes to play, putting Manchester City in the driving seat.

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Steven Gerrard Full Exclusive Interview “I want to win a trophy”

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Gerrard: Rodgers pledge over LFC game time convinced me to quit England

Jul 29, 2014 22:42

Reds boss was prepared to accomodate continued international involvement but skipper didn’t to miss club matches

Liverpool train at the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago Illinois as part of their pre-season tour of America. Brendan Rodgers chats with Steven Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard has revealed that he took the decision to retire from international football after being told by Brendan Rodgers that playing on for his country could restrict his game time for Liverpool .

The Reds skipper says a conversation with the Anfield boss following the World Cup finals in Brazil convinced him the time was right to end his 114-cap England career.

“When I had the chat with him he said that if you want to carry on for England I can tailor your Liverpool games,” Gerrard said.

“I was close to already knowing what I was going to do but when he said that my Liverpool games could be tailored then it made me go to 100% with my decision.

“I don’t want my Liverpool games to be tailored. I still want to be available.”

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Gerrard convinced Reds can go one step further this season and win the league

Jul 29, 2014 22:58

 

Skipper believes quality summer additions will offset loss of start striker Suarez

Liverpool train at the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago Illinois as part of their pre-season tour of America. Steven Gerrard waves to the crowd.

Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard believes the club are capable of going one better and clinching the Premier League crown this season.

The Reds produced their best title challenge for more than two decades when they finished second to Manchester City in May.

Top scorer Luis Suarez has since left for Barcelona but Gerrard is convinced Liverpool’s summer spending will ensure that Brendan Rodgers’ side continue to make progress.

“We have been really sharp in the transfer market to fill the hole and soften the blow of a world class player going,” Gerrard said.

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Gerrard ready to put summer of heartache behind him and go again in title quest

Jul 29, 2014 22:30

Chelsea slip led to “probably worst three months of my life” but skipper determined to lead LFC to more glory

Steven Gerrard in training

Steven Gerrard is ready to put his summer of heartache behind him as he vowed: “I’ll go again.”

The Liverpool FC skipper – always brutally honest – describes the last three months as “probably the worst of my life”.

The agony of missing out on the Premier League title was swiftly followed by England’s wretched World Cup campaign in Brazil.

Gerrard has never shirked responsibility in his life and he winces as he relives the memories of Chelsea’s visit to Anfield on April 27.

A remarkable run of 11 straight wins had put the talismanic midfielder within touching distance of the prize he has coveted throughout his illustrious career.

However, on the cusp of half-time Gerrard slipped as he received a pass from Mamadou Sakho and Demba Ba pounced.

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Former officer accused of lying at previous Hillsborough inquests

Jul 29, 2014 19:01

Log reveals request to close tunnel to Leppings Lane central pens at 2.55pm

View from the police control box towards the Leppings Lane terrace at Hillsborough (picture from Hillsborough Inquests)

A former police officer was accused of lying under oath as it was revealed a request to close the tunnel to the stadium’s central pens was made at 2.55pm on the day of the Hillsborough disaster.

Trevor Bichard, a PC who was operating CCTV in the control box at the stadium on April 15 1989, gave evidence to the inquests into the 96 deaths for a second day today.

He told the court that in evidence to the Taylor Inquiry and the previous inquests he had said that when the decision to open exit gate C was made, allowing crowds of fans into the stadium, it had not occurred to him that supporters might go down the tunnel into the central pens of the Leppings Lane terraces.

At the inquests in 1991 he said he drew no connection between people coming in through gate C and the tunnel.

He said: “At the end of the day that was one of the things that brought about this disaster, but it wasn’t something that was in my mind when those gates were opened.”

And in more recent interviews with the IPCC and Operation Resolve he said closing the tunnel to stop fans going into pens three and four was never discussed by the officers in the control box – who included match commander David Duckenfield and Superintendent Bernard Murray.

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