Peter Crouch to leave Liverpool ?

Will Peter Crouch stay at Anfield ? If reports like this one are to be believed, then fans at Anfield may not be seeing the lanky striker at the club next season. With Fernando Torres in outstanding form,  and with Kuyt and Voronin also to be considered, Crouch has made just seven Premiership starts this season. Although Benitez has preferred to play Kuyt on the right wing in recent times, that is not a position where he can play Crouch, whose strength lies in his heading ability. Crouch has also demonstrated that he is not crippled for ideas when the ball is on his feet, with some decent goals in the recent past.

Crouch arrived for £7 million from Southampton in 2005.  And a return to the South Coast could be in order, with Portsmouth reportedly interested in securing his services. This article at Vitalfootball says that Crouch will move  for a fee of £8 million when the summer transfer window.  If  Crouch  does join Pompey, then Redknapp will probably pair him with Jermain  Defoe upfront. What one also needs to be keep in mind is the fact that Portsmouth also have Kanu, Utaka,  Nugent and Baros.  Baros is currently on loan from Lyon, but the deal may be made permanent at the end of the season.

Meanwhile Rafa Benitez is contemplating to hand Crouch a start against Arsenal in the second leg of the Champions League.   Crouch is an imposing presence, and Arsenal have shown weaknesses against physical forwards, like Drogba.

And more importantly, Crouch has enjoyed playing against Arsenal in the past. He scored a goal in their 1-1 Premiership draw on Saturday, and put three past the Gunners last season in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory.


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