Robbie Fowler has been talking about the game on Sunday and in particular his old boss, Rafa Benitez.
The former Liverpool striker says that he will always have ‘fond memories of Rafa Benitez’, somebody who he describes as a ‘great manager’.
Robbie Fowler was a superb player and goalscorer for the scousers but left in 2001 for £12m, joining Leeds United, with the striker claiming Houllier had driven him out.
Then moving on to Manchester City, Fowler found himself even struggling to get a game for them, only for Rafa to save him.
Out of the blue, Benitez rang the then 29 year old and gave him the chance to go back to Liverpool, something which the forward describes as ‘the best phone call I’ve ever had in my life’.
Robbie Fowler ended up getting a bonus 18 months back at Liverpool and says that despite not having the same quality of players at his disposal as other clubs, Rafa Benitez made the reds ‘as good as anyone’.
Despite his love for Rafa, the former player says that as a Liverpool fan he wants him to lose this weekend and not just by the odd goal, Robbie Fowler wants the visitors to ‘win really comfortably’.
Looking ahead to the match, Fowler predicts that nothing will change with the Spaniard’s tactics, still aiming for a clean sheet and hitting Liverpool ‘on the counter’.
This match was always going to be a bit of a love-in but when the game kicks off, all that will be forgotten.
Robbie Fowler speaking to the official Liverpool site:
“I’ll always be grateful to Rafa Benitez for giving me the chance to come back home.
“I wasn’t even playing for (Manchester) City.
“At the time, Liverpool were maybe struggling a little bit for goals. Rafa picked up the phone and asked me if I wanted to come back to Liverpool, it was probably the best phone call I’ve ever had in my life.
“I have fond memories of Rafa Benitez, a great manager.
“I want him to get beat this weekend, I’m a Liverpool fan, I don’t want it to be a 4-3 game – I want Liverpool to win really comfortably.
“Even when he was Liverpool manager and you think of the players he had at his disposal, technically, tactically and going forward I think we were as good as anyone.
“But his (approach) was to not let the other team create chances, stop them from scoring and get blocks, and counter-attack and get a 1-0 win. He was like that at Liverpool and he’ll be exactly the same.
“He’ll want to do well, he’ll want to keep a clean sheet and he’ll try to get us on the counter.”