Robbie Fowler has signed a new one-year contract with Liverpool on Friday.

The former England striker has scored four league goals since returning to the club in January on a short-term contract.

“This is fantastic news,” Benitez said. “Robbie has done really well and he deserves this.

“He has scored some vital goals for us and he has worked really hard. I am delighted to have him with us for next season. He is an important member of our squad.”

Fowler, who returned to Anfield after spells at Leeds and Manchester City, says he is looking to repay Benitez by scoring the goals that will help the club to win the Premiership title.

“This club is going places,” he said. “If you look at the table this season compared to last season there’s been a big improvement.

“Hopefully we can take it a little bit further next season. I would love to be part of a Liverpool side that wins the league championship and I am sure the manager is on the right lines towards achieving it.”

Fowler played 344 matches for Liverpool, scoring 175 goals in his two spells.

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