Peter Crouch is not a world class player but he is certainly a utility man who can come up with the winner. That is why Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez wants him to remain at Anfield and the England international striker himself is not eager to leave the Merseyside.
Goal.com quotes Crouch as declaring that he is in no way moving out of Anfield in the immediate future and no club has approached him so far.
Everyone talks about me talking to clubs. Maybe it’s because I’m not playing every game. But at a club like Liverpool you’re not going to play every game. I’ve come to realise that this is the case at a club like this, whereas at somewhere else maybe you would play every game.But here we are competing for things and I certainly want to be a part of w inning trophies. No-one’s approached the club and no- one’s approached me. There’s a lot of speculation and, like I’ve said, that probably comes down to the fact that I’m not playing every game. But hopefully if I get a good run of games towards the end of the season then those rumours will go away.
Now this is how strong an influence Rafa is in the dressing room. With all the troubles looming on Liverpool both on and off the pitch, Rafa has managed to hold the team together. Crouch’s conviction in team spirit and his brave acceptance of Rafa’s rotation policy speaks volumes of the support and confidence Benitez has from his players.