Anfield manager wants to bring back former striker.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson wants to take Peter Crouch back to Anfield two years after he was shown the door by Rafa Benitez.
Hodgson has made solving Liverpool’s striker shortage his priority and is ready to test Harry Redknapp’s resolve to keep Crouch at Tottenham with a £10million offer.
Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, who played with Crouch at Anfield, have sung his praises to their new manager and Hodgson believes the 6ft 7in England international would be able to either play alongside Fernando Torres or step in whenever the Spaniard is injured or needs a rest.
Despite Liverpool’s financial problems with the club currently up for sale, Hodgson will be given money for a new striker if Javier Mascherano rejoins Benitez, now in charge at Inter Milan, in a £20m deal or signs for Barcelona.
He is keen to continue bolstering the English contingent in his squad, having already signed Joe Cole from Chelsea on a Bosman.
Intriguingly, Crouch may be tempted by the opportunity to complete unfinished business at Anfield despite the lure of Champions League football at Spurs.
He helped Liverpool win the FA Cup and reach the Champions League final in three seasons at the club but was sold by Benitez to Portsmouth in 2008 to make way for Robbie Keane. (Daily Mail)
There is no denying that Liverpool have something of a threadbare strike force and its an issue that Roy Hodgson is keen to resolve and has therefore been linked with a wealth of striking talent and now it seems he has set his sights on former Anfield man Peter Crouch.
It does seem that Harry Redknapp is open to offers for the former Portsmouth even though he only signed him last summer and whilst he didn’t have an amazing season he did do fairly well and helped the north London side secure that coveted top four finish. The lanky forward managed 13 goals in 30 starts and laid on a fair few to boot but the Spurs manager appears to be considering offloading the 29 year old.
Crouch did pretty well during his previous stint on Merseyside even though he did take an incredible amount of time to first hit the back of the net. He was never really given a fair crack of the whip under Rafa Benitez though and he left for Fratton Park but now could be on his way back.
A combination of Crouch and Torres could well work and if a decent bid is made then perhaps a move could be on the cards.