You'll never shop alone: Robbie Fowler was in town to open the first ever Liverpool FC store in Malaysia.
If there’s one Liverpool player who has never walked alone, it’s Robbie Fowler.
Fowler is one of the club’s most revered former players – so worshipped that he's known as “God” among the Anfield faithful. He made his senior debut for the club in 1993, and went on to establish himself as one of the greatest strikers to ever play for Liverpool FC, scoring 183 goals in 369 matches across two spells at the Premier League club.
In 2001, after eight years playing at the club he supported (and still supports today), he was sold to Leeds United, much to the fans’ dismay. Even when he was at other clubs, however, he remained a Liverpool fan favourite. And when he returned for a second run at the club in 2006, the fans welcomed him back with open arms.
Therefore, it was no surprise that when he showed up at the grand opening of the brand new Liverpool FC Store in Lot 10 recently, there was a long line of fans waiting for “God”.
The Malaysian Liverpool FC Store (T1 & 2, 3rd Floor, Lot 10 Shopping Centre) is the club’s seventh official global retail outlet. Selling a wide range of official Liverpool merchandise from stickers and pins to team jerseys, the Malaysian outlet is the first official Liverpool FC store to open outside of the UK, with others opening in Indonesia, Thailand and Ireland during the current 2014/15 season.
During the launch, the now retired Toxteth Terror met Malaysian Liverpool fans, posed for pictures, signed autographs, and gave interviews to selected media, including The Star Online.
Does it still surprise you that whenever you come to Malaysia you get this kind of reception?
No, it doesn’t surprise me. I love how much Malaysians love Liverpool Football Club – it’s not just me, anyone who has played a part in Liverpool’s history will get a fantastic reception here. I frankly believe that we are by far the best-supported team (in the world). Other people might tell you different, but I think we are the best.
Why do you think Liverpool supporters have so much passion for the team?
The loyalty. Liverpool have not won the league for 20 plus years, but we’ve got a fantastic fanbase – and that’s where loyalty comes into it. The other teams, they’ll win stuff, and you get certain people wanting to jump on the bandwagon. Liverpool fans are different – we support the team through thick and thin, and I frankly believe we will be successful again soon, and then we can really start to gloat!
What do you think of the new store?
I’m very impressed with it. I think it’s brilliant, the first international Liverpool shop in Malaysia. The fans really deserve it – there were 40,000 people watching them train when they came over here a couple years ago. The support here is unbelievable and I have no doubt that the shop will be a success.
It looks fantastic, and you can get all the official Liverpool range in terms of shirts, training gear, kit bags… any stuff Liverpool. Hopefully it’ll be the first of many in Malaysia!
Is there one piece of merchandise you would like to see in the store that would be exclusively “Robbie Fowler”?
I’ll have to talk the club about that! I’m a Liverpool fan, and I think every Liverpool fan should go out and buy the shirt. The shirt is brilliant and you see it all over the world – and now you’ve got the chance to come into a Liverpool shop in Malaysia and buy it. Get that along with a scarf – I think every Liverpool fan needs a scarf as well, for when you sing You’ll Never Walk Alone!
Come on, one special “Robbie Fowler” exclusive item, what would it be?
Maybe one of those nose things! I think they should sell that! Or not even a nose, just a plaster across the nose – I’ll speak to the club and see if we can market that sort of thing!