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Last Updated: Friday, 11 May 2007, 12:32 GMT 13:32 UK
Fowler to leave Anfield in summer
Robbie Fowler
Fowler rejoined the club in January 2006
Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has confirmed his contract will not be extended at the end of this season.

The popular striker's deal runs out in the summer and he has been told by Reds manager Rafael Benitez he is free to leave Anfield.

"I have not even thought about my future beyond Liverpool," the 32-year-old told the Liverpool Echo.

"The manager explained the situation to me this week and I wasn't a bit surprised to be honest."

Fowler will play against Charlton on Sunday in his last match at Anfield in a red shirt and could feature in the Champions League final on 23 May.

He said: "Obviously it will be an emotional day for me but I want everyone to know I am still completely focused on what I see as two very important games ahead for the club.

I just hope I can finish with a few goals and a Champions League final win

Robbie Fowler

"Firstly I want to play well and win against Charlton to help us finish third, and then there is the preparation for and hopefully playing a part in the Champions League final.

"I will think about everything else after that because I don't want anything to interfere with such an important match.

"But everyone knows I've treated every game back at Liverpool in exactly the same way and given all I could for the team, and that's going to be the case in the last two matches as well."

Fowler is in his second spell at the club, having first left Anfield under a cloud to join Leeds when Gerard Houllier was Reds manager.

He made his debut for the Reds as an 18-year-old in 1993, scoring 171 goals in 330 games before joining Leeds for 11m in 2001 and then Man City for 6m in 2003.

He rejoined Liverpool in January 2006 and has netted seven goals this season.


He added: "At least this time I will get a chance to say goodbye properly because I was gutted the way it happened last time.

"Since I've been back the support I have had from the fans has been tremendous, it's been even better than it was first time around.

"Maybe you appreciate it even more when you've been away and missed it so much, but I'll never forget the reception they gave me and will always be thankful for it.

"I just hope I can finish with a few goals and a Champions League final win. That will be the perfect way to end the season for me."

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