Stoke City striker Peter Crouch: I was disappointed to leave Liverpool

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch admits he was disappointed to leave Liverpool ahead of the Reds trip to the Britannia Stadium

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Rafael Benítez allowed Peter Crouch to leave Liverpool in 2008 Photo: The Sport Review

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Peter Crouch has admitted he was disappointed to leave Liverpool ahead of Stoke City’s clash against the Reds at the Britannia Stadium.

The 31-year-old scored 42 goals in 134 appearances for Liverpool during a three-year spell at Anfield, winning the FA Cup crown in 2006.

Rafael Benítez sold Crouch to Portsmouth in 2008, with the striker joining Tottenham Hotspur after one season before eventually moving to Stoke.

Crouch felt the Reds were very close to winning the Premier League during his time at the Merseyside outfit, and he admitted it was tough to leave Anfield.

“It was disappointing, I don’t think anyone ever wants to leave a club like Liverpool,” said Crouch.

“It has such a fantastic history and I had some of the best times of my life there.

“We finished second and won the FA Cup but, at the time, [Fernando] Torres was playing up front on his own and it was difficult for me to stake a claim.

“I had the opportunity to play games at Portsmouth. I was playing for England at the time and I thought if I sat on the bench at Liverpool, it could hinder my international chances.

“Obviously leaving Liverpool was a huge wrench but I look back on also the fact I had so many great memories there.

“It’s very strange. When I was there the side we had was unbelievable, We were a couple of players from winning the league.

“We got to a Champions League final, won the FA Cup and finished second. The next step was to go on and win the league. But I think a change of ownership and different things led to a lot of players leaving for whatever reason.”

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