Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has hit back at his Australian critics after netting his first goal for the North Queensland Fury in his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday night.
Fowler has been pilloried during an injury-riddled pre-season with his new club after arriving as the Fury’s marquee signing ahead of the new A-League season.
Reports even emerged recently that the 34 year-old was set to leave North Queensland before kicking a competitive ball for the club.
Ahead of yesterday’s clash with Wolves, he in no uncertain terms denied such reports and hit back again at the sceptics who questioned his decision to move to Australia following his goal-scoring debut, in which he converted a 67th minute penalty in his side’s 2-1 defeat.
"Obviously [there's] been various reports saying I won't play again this season, so I think that will shut you people up," Fowler said, quoted by Sportal Australia.
Hip and groin injuries have hampered Fowler since his arrival in North Queensland, where he has had to work particularly hard to acclimatise to hotter conditions.
However, the Anfield great has revealed how he “always knew” he’d return to action.
He continued, "I'm experienced enough to know you go through your career and people do get injuries.
“I'm not the first, I won't be the last. I'm just glad to be back playing.
“It's not a relief, I always knew I'd come back.”
Chris Paraskevas, Goal.com