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Crouch to leave Anfield by using Article 17?

Goal.com speculates that Liverpool striker Peter Crouch could take advantage of FIFA’s debatable Article 17 to head for the exit door at Anfield. According to this rule, a player can hand in a transfer request to his club should he have played three or more years (two years for players above 28) at the club.

The site speculates that the 26-year old England international could just make use of this law. Crouch has been a victim of Rafael Benitez’s rotation policy and his agent Jonathan Barnett said this to The Daily Telegraph:

Certainly [the new rule] will change the way things are conducted and we are probably heading for a period of shorter contract. But I’ve never heard of a player volunteering to leave a club when he is happy and being well-paid.

Yesterday it was reported that Crouch has commenced a contract negotiation with Liverpool and one can safely say that the player wants to stay at Anfield for the time being. But given Liverpool’s precarious situation at the moment, everyone is bent on heaping more agony on the Merseyside club.

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