Dirk Kuyt admits ‘special’ Peter Crouch is missed at Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt describes Stoke City's Peter Crouch a 'special player' - and admits the England striker is missed at Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt has described former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch as a “special player” ahead of the Reds’ FA Cup quarter-final against Stoke City at Anfield on Sunday.
Crouch spent three seasons at Liverpool, scoring 42 goals in 134 appearances between 2005 and 2008, before linking up with his former Southampton manager Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth.
The 31-year-old returns to Merseyside this weekend as a key part of Tony Pulis’ Stoke side, and Kuyt admits the giant forward has been missed at Liverpool following his departure almost four years ago.
“It was great to play with him,” Kuyt told the Reds’ website. “He was a great player here, he scored some great goals, and he was also a great lad in the dressing room and outside the training ground.
“We missed him a bit after he went but he has done really well for all the clubs he has played for, and now he’s doing it again with Stoke.
“He is very strong in the air but, especially when he was here, he was very good with his feet as well. Peter is a special player.”
Kuyt believes Stoke’s direct style of play is unique to Europe – and the Trotters’ physical approach is sure to cause Liverpool problems in their bid to reach the semi-finals.
“The Premier League is about the physical game,” added Kuyt. “There is a lot of quality but physically it’s also one of the toughest leagues.
“You know what it’s about and we know what Stoke City are about. They’ve got a good team and physically they’re one of the strongest teams in the league.
“I was not used to playing against these types of teams in Holland. I’ve never played anywhere else in the world but I’ve never played against another team in Europe who play like that.
“But they’re doing well, they’re getting results and if you see what they have achieved over the last couple of years, it’s impressive.
“It’s always tough against Stoke.”