Fowler is also one of those very few strikers who manage an average of one goal per match. Scoring goals requires a special talent that seems unrelated to technical ability or other qualities in football. Fowler possessed it in abundance.

Strikers often run into serious injuries that take them out for a whole season. Robbie Fowler is no exception. Even if the player recovers physically, it can take years for the striker to regain his confidence, to find the flow again - ask Andy Cole and Alan Shearer - if it happens at all. This is the stage Fowler's career is now in, and it may not be helped by the fact that his club, Liverpool, have found a more than worthy replacement in Michael Owen.