Liverpool ‘God’ Robbie Fowler And That Iconic Hat-trick Against Arsenal

Fowler scored three goals at Anfield in 4 minutes, 33 seconds.
07:05, 28 Aug 2019

By putting the ball past England goalkeeper David Seaman three times in just 4 minutes 33 seconds for an ultimate 3-0 victory, Robbie Fowler wrote his name into Liverpool folklore and at the age of just 19 took a huge step towards the godlike status which he is still regarded with to this day.

It remains one of the defining moments of the fledgling Premier League era as Fowler continued to make an impression having burst onto the scene during the 1993/94 season, with the Toxteth-star bursting onto the scene for the Reds having found the net five times for his country the previous summer as England won the under-18 championships.

Fowler scored 12 goals in 28 league games in his debut season at Anfield, as well as scoring five in one game against Fulham in the League Cup, to quickly establish himself as a fan favourite due to his uncanny ability to find the net at almost every opportunity.

So by the time the 1994/95 season came around Fowler was something of an established name in the first-team, lining-up alongside legendary striker Ian Rush to form one of the most formidable front-lines in the league at the time under the watchful eye of manager Roy Evans.

Even so, nobody could have foreseen what was to come as Liverpool faced Arsenal at Anfield on August 28 1994, with the Gunners boasting a back four of Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Martin Keown and Tony Adams – a defensive unit renowned for their rigidity and resilience, which made Fowler's heroics all the more astonishing.

Indeed, it was a Keown error which led to Fowler's first goal as his misplaced clearance fell to the youngster who wasted no time in firing the ball past David Seaman to give Liverpool the lead with 26 minutes on the clock.

Barely two minutes later and Fowler grabbed his and the Reds' second as Steve McManaman surged forward from midfield before threading a perfect through-ball to Fowler who had eluded his marker and slid the ball past the Arsenal 'keeper to extend the lead.

His third was a classic Fowler strike as, having been put clear via a clever John Barnes chip, the academy graduate saw his initial shot saved by Seaman but was first to the rebound before rounding the England number one, tiptoeing along the goal line and lashing the ball into the net as Anfield erupted.

“We all knew how good Robbie was but after that first hat-trick everyone else took notice as well,” Liverpool legend John Barnes would later tell the Guardian.

“For a player so young to do that to Arsenal was incredible; at that time if you scored once against them you didn't score two and three. But Robbie did, and in no time at all.”

Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League that season thanks to the efforts of Robbie Fowler who scored 25 goals in 42 league games as he well and truly took the mantle of Liverpool's target man from Ian Rush. Rush would eventually leave Liverpool for Leeds United in 1996.

The hat-trick Fowler scored against Arsenal remained the fastest in the Premier League for some 21-years before eventually being eclipsed by Southampton's Sadio Mane, who put three past Aston Villa's Shay Given in an incredible 2 minutes and 56 seconds in a 6-1 win at the end of the 2014/15 season.

Even so, what Fowler did at Anfield on August 28th, 1994, is still regarded as one of the most iconic moments in Premier League history and one which kick-started one of the most entertaining periods since the inception of the league in 1992 as the youngster spearheaded an attack which included the likes of Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp, Stan Collymore and Michael Owen.