"Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce that Robbie Fowler has rejoined the club on a free transfer from Manchester City until the end of the season when the situation will be reviewed," said a club statement this afternoon.

Fowler scored 171 goals in 332 appearances for Liverpool between 1992 and 2001, but since being sold to Leeds by GĂ©rard Houllier a little over four years ago, has failed to re-discover that form. He has spent most of this season either on Manchester City's treatment table or their bench and was believed by many to be close to retirement. However, Liverpool manager Rafael Bentiez, who earlier this season spurned the opportunity to sign Michael Owen, clearly believes he can recapture past Anfield glories.

He is ineligible to play in Sunday's FA Cup tie against Portsmouth but could make what is sure to be an emotional reappearance in front of the Kop against Birmingham City on Wednesday. -

What a surprise!

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