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Apr 3 2006
By Chris Bascombe, Liverpool Echo
ROBBIE FOWLER admits he's still sweating on his prospects of securing an extension to his Liverpool deal, despite another landmark goal on Saturday.
Rafa Benitez won't decide on the future of the striker until the end of the season, but it's inconceivable Fowler won't be offered a further year at Anfield.
Benitez is clearly intending to keep the hitman as hungry as ever for the five remaining Premiership games.
He also knows there's no prospect of Fowler negotiating with any other club as his short-term deal comes to an end.
Fowler insists he's taking nothing for granted and is content to wait for the manager to reach a decision in his own time.
"It's a bit of a weird situation really because when most players have six weeks left of a season or contract they want their future sorted out," said Fowler today.
"I'm different because I really don't mind waiting until the end of the season. I just want to stay here. I just hope I get a positive answer when it comes.
"I've had no indication what the decision will be yet. I've known from the start this is just a short-term deal and the decision won't be taken lightly by the manager.
"He's obviously not made up his mind yet, or if he has he hasn't told me about it. All I can do is sit and wait. If he comes to me and says there is a new contract there, no-one will be happier than me.
"But until that day comes, I'm not going to be saying anything to him about it.
"In the games I've played since I came back I've been happy with my performances. I don't know if I still have anything left to prove to anyone.
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"But it's not really for me to say if I've done enough. In an ideal world I'd love to have scored more goals, but I don't think I've let anyone down."
Fowler's strike against West Brom was his 173rd in 341 appearances for Liverpool, taking him past Kenny Dalglish in the Anfield record books.
"Nowadays the word legend is overused, but not in Kenny's case, so to get anywhere near Kenny Dalglish is fantastic. To surpbutt him by one goal means an awful lot to me," he said.
"It was a great feeling to get back on the scoresheet. I've been out of the side a bit lately, so to come back in and get a goal is as much as you can do.
"I have not managed a full game again, but I'm feeling a lot better now compared to when I re-joined.
"It would have been perfect if I could have played a part in some of the recent wins, but there are not going to be any complaints from me. The side has played fantastic lately, we're scoring goals and if the team is winning, it's under-standable there are fewer changes.
"In the last few weeks there have been a lot of important games. Teams below us have been winning, but we've responded well.
"Our win against Everton was a huge victory for us, Saturday was a tough match and Bolton won't be easy next week."