Liverpool transfer news: Robbie Fowler could look to sign Daniel Sturridge for Brisbane Roar

26 Apr

Daniel Sturridge could be targeted by Robbie Fowler as his first big signing at Brisbane Roar.

The Liverpool legend was announced as the new head coach of the A-League strugglers earlier this week.

Brisbane are currently in ninth place, 39 points behind leaders Perth Glory, and lost their final match of the season 5-3 on Thursday.

Daniel Sturridge has struggled for game time at Liverpool
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Fowler is understood to want to make some marquee signings for the club to turn their fortunes around.

According to Fox Sports, Liverpool striker Sturridge fits the bill and he reportedly has been ‘offered several A-League clubs’.

The 29-year-old has struggled for regular playing time at Anfield this season and has been limited to just two Premier League starts.

Robbie Fowler was appointed as Brisbane Roar’s head coach

Fox Sports’ executive producer of football, Murray Shaw, said: “One player I will throw up, and I know that this player has been offered to several A-League clubs already for next season, is Daniel Sturridge.

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the phone call is made from Robbie Fowler to bring someone like Daniel Sturridge down as a marquee player for next season.

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“Robbie Fowler is a legend of the Liverpool club. If the Liverpool club see him as a potential coach, or part of the coaching setup in the years to come, I sense they’ll look after him as they have done with Steven Gerrard at Rangers.

“Obviously geography is a factor in this… but if they don’t want Robbie Fowler to be made to look silly coaching Brisbane Roar, they might look at sending a couple of players Down Under to join him.”

Sturridge was signed by Liverpool for around £12million in January 2013 from Chelsea.

He went on to score 10 goals in the second half of that season before netting 21 Premier League goals in 29 games the following campaign.

Injury problems have held him back, though, and he has scored 19 goals in 71 Premier League games in the last five seasons.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler unveiled as new manager of Australian club Brisbane Roar

23 Apr

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has taken his first step into full-time management with his appointment as the new boss of Australian club Brisbane Roar.

The former striker – known as ‘God’ to the Anfield faithful – has agreed to a two-year contract and will take charge of the A-League side from the start of the 2019 season.

Robbie Fowler is the new head coach of Brisbane Roar

The 44-year-old has previously played Down Under for North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory between 2009 and 2011, and said he was happy to be returning to Oz.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge and am determined to bring success to a club that has such a proud history in the Hyundai A-League,” Fowler said in a statement on the club’s website.

“My family and I have already experienced living in Queensland, so I’m really happy to be returning and being part of the Brisbane Roar family.”

Fowler has been out of the game since 2012, when he retired as a player and left his role as player-manager of Thai club Muangthong United.

Fowler was unveiled as the new manager on Tuesday

Over the past seven years, Fowler has been coaching at Liverpool’s academy programme.

Speaking of his first full-time managerial role, Fowler told a press conference he believed he was the “right man” for the job.

“I have worked really hard getting all my badges, so to just quash all the inexperience rumours, I’m experienced in terms of getting all my coaching hours in and this is where I want to be,” he said.

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“I’ve been in football a long time. Obviously, this is my first big, big role and one I’m really looking forward to. I’m really excited.

“I was a player who was passionate, committed, I had that drive and I want to bring that type of player to Brisbane Roar.

“It’s a tough job, it’s a tough ask, but I believe I’m the right man to do that, bringing in the right player.

“Brisbane have had some fantastic years in terms of what they’ve won. The way they played football was really, really good, very easy on the eye, so of course I want to do that and I think a club the size of Brisbane deserve to be back at the top levels of Australian football – and we will be there.”

Brisbane’s final game of the season will take place at home on Thursday against Adelaide United, with Fowler confirming he will be in attendance.

6. Robbie Fowler (Liverpool, Leeds United, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers) – 175 games
Fowler scored an incredible 183 goals in 369 games for boyhood club Liverpool

Fowler is a Liverpool icon, making more than 300 appearances for his boyhood club and averaging better than a goal every other game.

He left Anfield for Leeds United in 2001 and went on to play for Manchester City, Cardiff and Blackburn, as well as making a return to Anfield in 2006.

Robbie Fowler: Liverpool legend to be appointed Brisbane Roar manager

22 Apr

Robbie Fowler is set to take on his first full-time coaching role with the Liverpool legend to be appointed Brisbane Roar manager.

Fowler, known as ‘God’ to the Anfield faithful, has been out of the game since 2012, when he retired as a player and left his role as player-manager of Muangthong United.

Anfield legend Fowler scored 183 goals for Liverpool

He spent a year in the joint role with the Thai club, and is now due to become a full-time coach for the first time as Brisbane Roar have chosen the 44-year-old as their new manager.

The Sydney Morning Herald claim Fowler will be unveiled as the Roar’s boss on Tuesday, ahead of their final match of the A-League season against Adelaide United.

Fowler will begin work at the start of the new season, with Darren Davies, Brisbane’s caretaker manager, overseeing the final game of this campaign.

Davies is expected to remain on Brisbane’s coaching staff under Fowler, likely as an assistant coach.

Fowler’s appointment ends Brisbane’s four-month search for a permanent successor to John Aloisi, who resigned as manager last December after just one win in the previous nine matches.

Fowler is no stranger to the A-League.

The former England international spent two seasons playing in Australia’s top division, representing North Queensland Fury in 2009/10 before joining Perth Glory for the following campaign.

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His lengthy club career began at Liverpool – where he remains a club icon – with Fowler returning to Anfield in 2006 after time with Leeds United and Manchester City.

He also played for Cardiff and Blackburn before leaving English football for good in 2009 to test himself in Australia.