Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler highlighted the magnitude of Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final between his ex-employers and fellow Premier League opposition Chelsea.
The Merseyside-born forward, who won the competition in 1995 and again in 2001 with his hometown Club, made his mark in the competition.
Fowler made his Reds bow in September 1993 in a 3-1 triumph over Fulham, going on to score all five goals the following month as Liverpool ran out 5-0 winners in the Round Two second leg to progress to Round Three.
“I was always one of them players who wanted to finish my career and be remembered for winning trophies,” he reminisced. “I went on to have a great career and won other stuff, but this was the first one, so it always brings back fond memories.
“I made my debut in this competition and I think, as a player, you think about your first game, it symbolises me.”
The 46-year-old, who was the recipient of the man of the match Alan Hardaker Trophy in the 2001 Final against Birmingham City, is looking forward to what promises to be a pulsating showdown.
“It’s got the makings of a great game; potentially one of the best Finals,” he affirmed. “Both teams are playing well and both teams will fancy their chances. You look at the managers of both teams – they’re both very clever and they know how to play the game and the opposition.
"We’ve seen the game in the Premier League, and it was a really tight affair; Klopp will have worked on that and worked on what was done wrong. If Liverpool get to a similar position where they were in the game at Stamford Bridge, then we’ll see a different result.”
However, Fowler is backing his boyhood team to get the job done at Wembley this Sunday.
“I’m confident of a Liverpool win,” he said. “Liverpool are playing so well at the minute but Chelsea are coming into this on the back of cup wins, so their confidence is sky high as well. They’ve probably got a few injuries to come back in as well.
“There’s probably a little bit more confidence in the Liverpool ranks. You’ve got the likes of Sadio Mané who has just come back from his tournament win and Mo Salah getting to the Final in that as well. If Liverpool turn up and play the way they can, I’d always fancy Liverpool. I’m going to go for a Liverpool 3-1 win."