Former Hyundai A-League marquee Robbie Fowler believes the Westfield FFA Cup is one of the best things to happen to Australian football, and recalled his stunning goal against Sydney FC at Allianz.
Speaking at the official pre-match press conference before Thursday night’s clash between the Liverpool Legends and Australian Legends in Sydney, Fowler revealed he keeps a keen eye on Aussie football since his stint downunder.
The 40-year-old Liverpool legend, who played in the A-League for North Queensland Fury then Perth Glory from 2009 to 2011, gave football in Oz his tick of approval as an improving league.
And the Cup - won by Melbourne Victory this year in only the second year of the tournament after Adelaide United took out the inaugural FFA Cup in 2014 - has piqued the great forward's interest despite not getting a chance to play in the Aussie Cup.
“The FFA Cup now has certainly helped and aided the game – it was probably what was needed," Fowler told reporters.
“Certainly back home I loved playing in the FA Cup and certainly all the players over here will enjoy playing in the Cup and the crowds have shown the supporters have enjoyed the Cup.
“The standard of football is certainly on the rise and you look at the success of Western Sydney in the AFC Champions League, it’s definitely on the rise. And I think it’ll get bigger and better.
“It is a fantastic league. At times it’s had a little bit of bad press but I’ve nothing but high praise for it.”
Fowler was in Australia last year as part of the Reds’ Aussie tour (famously skydiving on the Gold Coast to help launch the team’s new kit).
And during his time in the A-League, Fowler famously smashed home a stunning volley for Fury against Sydney FC at Allianz in 2010.
Daniel McBreen’s flick on header bounced perfectly for the goal machine whose looping volley beat Clint Bolton in goal.
It was a goal that was followed by a Liverpool fan jumping the fence and celebrating with Fowler whilst claiming he went to school with the Liverpool great.
“It was a good goal and well celebrated by a Liverpool fan!” recalled Fowler with a grin.
Fowler was also pressed on speculation surrounding fellow legend Steven Gerrard’s future with the LA Galaxy star.
Gerrard has hinted this may be his last year on the pitch though nothing’s confirmed as yet with Australia still a remote possibility.
“I’ve told Steven [Gerrard] many times I’ve enjoyed my time over here. It was probably perfect for me to be totally honest,” added Fowler.
“Who knows what’s around the corner for him but Steven’s enjoying his time over there in America.
“And if he was to come over here and ask my advice I’d obviously say I really enjoyed myself and if given a chance there are worse options out there.”