Fowler said “We’ve worked hard to get where we are. For me, [pre-season] was about getting us ready for this game.”
“I know everyone has plans for having teams ready for the start of the A-League, but for us it was the start of the FFA Cup.”
And he was happy to place all the pressure on his NSW rivals.
“We go into the game as massive underdogs, we know that, but sometimes underdogs win games.”
Sydney FC recruit Ryan McGowan was excited to see the quality of Fowler journey Down Under, saying “It’s good for the league to have players and coaches of his stature coming to Australia and hopefully helping out the young boys.”
Liverpool are close to signing a new kit sponsorship with Nike which could break Manchester United’s £75million-a-season (A$135m) record.
The Reds are into the fifth and final season of their current contract with New Balance.
That deal is worth £45m ($81m) per year but according to Forbes, Jurgen Klopp’s men could well be turning out in Nike kits from the 2020/21 season.
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Liverpool’s recent successes in Europe, challenging for the Premier League title and their wide, global fan base makes them an exciting proposition for potential suitors.
Liverpool have reportedly also held talks with Puma and Adidas in recent months but Nike are the frontrunners to land the Anfield club.
A clause in New Balance’s contract means they have the right to match any potential new offer and extend their deal.
But any a new deal is expected to be the most lucrative in Premier League history.
After their bright start to the season together, Anthony Martial revealed how his relationship with Marcus Rashford is pushing both strikers on.
Both players have entered 2019/20 with points to prove and the opportunity to do so, with a Romelu Lukaku-shaped hole in the Manchester United front-line needing filling.
Four goals between the pair of them in their opening two league games already marks one-fifth of the pair’s tally from last season, with Martial shining in the number nine shirt returned to him two years after it was taken by Lukaku.
Make no mistake, while the team’s points tally comes first, the pair also keep an eye on how one another is doing on and off the pitch – and are happy to be in direct competition in the goalscoring charts.
“At training, we have this competition between us about scoring goals,” Martial told Sky Sports. “We measure who does the best finishing and who scores the most.
“Who’s winning? Well, that depends… Sometimes it’s him, sometimes it’s me. In games, Marcus likes to play in the middle, like me. I don’t mind dropping off, dropping out, we interchange during games.
“It doesn’t bother me to let him take the lead occasionally. It helps us to terrorise opposition defences and I hope we can keep it up over the course of the season.”
United’s most recent game, a 1-1 draw at Wolves on Monday night in which Martial scored a smart finish, became dogged by the online racist abuse directed at Paul Pogba for missing a penalty late in the match.
Martial admitted such comments still cut players deep but said he had little hope of ever seeing the back of such abuse.
“It’s something you can’t really eradicate from society,” he said. “Out there on the pitch, we can’t do anything about it per se. As players, we are there among white people, black people, people of all colours.
“The French expression is ‘we’re all the same’. Bans should be brought about for people who give out this hatred. People go to football stadiums to have a good time and enjoy the game, and there’s no place for it. I’m in favour of the love, not the hate.”
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“I want the players to be happy here, I want the players to be protagonists here, and last year, for example, with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play, they weren’t happy.
“I spoke with them a lot of times last year in this position and I think it is positive for them to leave and to sign for another team where they can be protagonists, they can be happy and can continue their careers as players.
“They are very big players but here for one circumstance or another circumstance they are going to have less chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us taking minutes of playing matches.
“They know the situation, I am wishing the best for them and I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team, to sign and to get another challenge for them and continue with another team.
“But with [a lot of] respect, they are training with us but they know their situation and I am wishing only the best for them.”
Given their current standing it would be a huge surprise if either Elneny or Mustafi played any part in Saturday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool.