ROBBIE FOWLER has admitted that he is not a fan of the nickname given to him by supporters.
The Liverpool legend was termed the “Spice Boy” after rumours of his dating Emma Bunton from the girl band the Spice Girls.
Fowler, 47, insists that the label “held him back” in his career and that he has tried to get rid of it.
He told The Telegraph: “The Spice Boy thing was a nickname and the fact that we never won anything played a big part in it.
“Stories have grown arms and legs and I have tried to get rid of that.
“Nobody knows anything about me and that’s something I am quite proud of.
“No one knows what I am like. People have this perceived idea.
“What I am now is I am probably quite boring.
“I understood what a dressing room needed years ago but people still have that idea of me as laughing and joking and not to be taken seriously.”
Fowler had two spells with Liverpool, the first at the start of his career from 1993 to 2001 and the second stint from 2006 to 2007.
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In total, the striker scored 183 goals for the Reds in all competitions.
His ability on the pitch often led people to praise him as “naturally gifted”.
However, this is a description that he does not agree with.
He added: “What was I like as a player? I worked harder than anyone else.
“I hate using this, because it sounds egotistical, but I was always deemed as one of the most ‘naturally gifted’ strikers.
“Quite frankly, it annoys me because of the hours and hours of practice I put in, the monotony of doing the repetition to make it look natural.
“It’s like second nature.
“If you are doing something all the time it makes it looks natural but it was only because I did hours and hours of practice.
“That’s my perception… I wore my heart on my sleeve, I wanted to be better than anyone else and there were times when I got carried away on a football pitch.”
Fowler had a great career as he also starred for Manchester City and Leeds.
The striker also played for Australian sides Northern Fury FC and Perth Glory as well as one spell in the Thai league with Muangthong United.