‘I’d loved to have played with him!’ – Which goal machine was Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler talking about?

first_img1 Sport Magazine sat down with Robbie Fowler for a one-on-one recently – but just who would ‘God’ hate to get stuck in a lift with?This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukWho was the best footballer you played alongside in your career?“Probably Steven Gerrard – but another who I loved playing with, because my understanding with him was superb, was Steve McManaman. I don’t think Steve gets the accolades that he deserves. He was a phenomenal player. He’s the most successful British player to play abroad, with all he won with Real Madrid.”What about if you could pick a modern-day footballer to play alongside?“I actually played in a testimonial with Luis Suarez for about ten minutes – and obviously I wasn’t good enough to keep up with him on my ageing legs, but I could see that he was a class player. I’d love to have played with him, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. It’s ridiculous how good the three of them are.”What’s your favourite career goal?“I’ll give you a goal probably not many people would remember. In 2001, Liverpool won a lot of trophies, but also we needed to win our last league game against Charlton to qualify fornext season’s Champions League. I scored an overhead kick in that game, at Charlton’s ground. It wasn’t the greatest goal in the world, but it just meant so much because it was the first goal and it really calmed us all down. We went on to win 4-0. So that means a lot to me, even though it was just a basic goal.”Sure, just a basic overhead kick, Robbie. Sport has scored a hatful of them…“It wasn’t one of those spectacular overhead kicks where both feet were in the air! It just fell to me from a corner and I manipulated my body to get into position. Not the conventional overhead kick, if that makes sense.”It does. Have you ever been starstruck?“Yeah, I was on a plane once and got sat next to Sean Connery. I was talking to him and I was just delighted that he knew who I was! There I am: talking to James Bond on a plane. Actually, one of my regrets is probably not getting a picture with him. He was superb.”Who’s your favourite sports person to watch who isn’t a footballer?“I used to love watching Tiger Woods, but – for what he’s achieved in his career – it has to be AP McCoy. There are many good jockeys, so for him to be the top jockey for 20 years – no one will ever get near that. Think of all the injuries he’s had, too. He’s probably fallen and broken every bone in his body. Then he just got back up and did it all again.”Which sport puts you to sleep?“A long day of Test cricket might, but I love the one-dayers and the Twenty20s. Even the Tests can be really exciting when there’s a lot to play for. I can watch any sport at all, to be honest.”They’re making a film of your life: who ideally plays Robbie Fowler?“I’m thinking Tom Cruise! I’m not sure if he’d be any good at footy though, to be fair.”If you were stuck in a lift with an ex-teammate, who’d be the best and who’d be the toughest to handle?“Jamie Carragher as the tough one. A great lad, but sometimes his, erm… habits aren’t what they should be. I’ll leave it at that! To be stuck with? Steve McManaman. I could spend many a day chatting with him.” Robbie Fowler last_img read more

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Kolo Toure: Liverpool players now have belief they can salvage games under Jurgen Klopp

first_img Jurgen Klopp and Kolo Toure Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes a recent improvement in the mindset within the squad means they now refuse to accept lost causes.Joe Allen’s 90th-minute equaliser in the 3-3 draw at home to Premier League leaders Arsenal salvaged something which was more valuable than a point – and that was belief.A week previously they stoutly defended a 1-0 lead in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Stoke and even the scratch side put out against Exeter in the FA Cup displayed character as they twice came from behind to secure a replay.Early in Jurgen Klopp’s reign the German had complained about the players mentality not being able to respond to late setbacks.“We concede one goal and it felt like the end of the world,” he said after Southampton’s 86th-minute equaliser in October, while “Eighty-two minutes – game over” was his response when Crystal Palace scored a winner eight minutes from time a fortnight later.Perhaps the adversity of an extended injury list has galvanised the remaining fit players or maybe the penny has finally dropped in terms of the extent of the commitment Klopp demands for his players but the result against Arsenal showed they no longer accept the inevitable.“There has been a big improvement recently [in our mental strength] and that’s very important when you’re at a big club. You can’t ever give up,” said Toure, whose whole-hearted effort is appreciated by fans.“When you refuse to lose games, you often find yourself winning them.“It’s always important that if you don’t win, you don’t lose.“We showed character and resilience and we didn’t give up until the end of the game.“It’s very important that we keep things going at home. We played against a good team in Arsenal who are top of the league, and it’s good that we haven’t lost to them.” 1last_img read more

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Revealed! Premier League clubs ranked by most expensive player in their squad

first_img 20 20 2. Arsenal’s most expensive player is Mesut Ozil, at a cost of £42.4m from Real Madrid in 2013 5. Chelsea’s most expensive player is Michy Batshuayi, bought for £33m from Marseille in 2016 For the latest transfer news, check out talkSPORT.com/football/transfer-rumours and tune into talkSPORT, the world’s largest sports radio station.There are still plenty of big transfer deals to be done by Premier League clubs this summer, but which clubs already boast the most expensive players?We thought it would be interesting to see how clubs rank based on the most expensive player they currently have in their squad (ie. not necessarily the most expensive player they have ever signed).Take a look at the slideshow above to reveal the answers!Statistics correct on 28 July 2016 12. Crystal Palace’s most expensive player is Andros Townsend, who arrived for £13m from Newcastle United in 2016 20 4. Liverpool’s most expensive player is Sadio Mane, signed for £34m from Southampton in 2016 Joint 17. Hull City’s most expensive player is Abel Hernandez, who cost £10m from Palermo in 2014 20 20 13. Southampton’s most expensive player is Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who signed for £12.8m from Bayern Munich in 2016 20 20 20 3. Manchester United’s most expensive player is currently Juan Mata, who signed for £37.1m from Chelsea in 2014 – Anthony Martial joined the Red Devils for an initial fee of £36m, which could rise to £58m over the course of his Old Trafford career. And, of course, the signature of Paul Pogba would smash the Mata fee! 6. Tottenham’s most expensive player is Erik Lamela, signed for £30m from Roma in 2013 16. Middlesbrough’s most expensive player is Marten de Roon, who signed for £11.75m from Atalanta in 2016 Joint 17. Sunderland’s most expensive player is Fabio Borini, who signed for £10m from Liverpool in 2015 – Jack Rodwell is also reported to have signed for around £10m from Manchester City, though the fee was undisclosed. 9. Leicester City’s most expensive player is Ahmed Musa, who cost £16m from CSKA Moscow in 2016 20 20 20 Joint 10. West Ham United’s most expensive player is Andy Carroll, who cost £15m from Liverpool in 2013 20 20 8. Stoke City’s most expensive player is Giannelli Imbula, signed for £18.3m from Porto in 2016 19. Swansea’s most expensive player is Federico Fernandez, signed for a reported £8m from Napoli in 2014 20 1. Manchester City’s most expensive player is Kevin De Bruyne, signed for £55m from Wolfsburg in 2015 20 20 20 20 Joint 10. Bournemouth’s most expensive player is Jordon Ibe, who signed for £15m from Liverpool in 2016 14. Watford’s most expensive player is Isaac Success, signed for £12.5m from Granada in 2016 7. Everton’s most expensive player is Romelu Lukaku, at a cost of £28m from Chelsea in 2014 20 20. Burnley’s most expensive player is Andre Gray, who cost £6m from Brentford in 2015 – find out who the most expensive player is at each of the remaining 19 Premier League clubs, just click the arrow above 15. West Bromwich Albion’s most expensive player is Jose Salomon Rondon, who cost £12m from Zenit in 2015 20last_img read more

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