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  • David Tyrer

Crouchie has niggling regrets over leaving LFC

For every one player that enjoys great success after willingly leaving Anfield, there are another ten that quickly regret their decision.

Over the years we've seen countless players moved on. We've seen almost as many leaving of their own volition. Few of either go on to great success.

You can literally count on one hands the players that have left the club since the late 90s and had a more successful time. But you'll be hard-pressed to find any that have gone on to find a great love-affair with their new fans, in the same way they did at Liverpool.

So to Peter Crouch, who many Liverpool fans still follow and have a great love for. The 6ft 7 inch striker was a popular figure at Anfield, despite many being somewhat confused when we initially signed him from Southampton back in 2005.

It took him quite a bit of time to get off the mark but when he did he had bursts of goal-scoring spells and was a more than capable back-up to Fernando Torroes and Steven Gerrard. Anywhere else, and he'd have been a deadly front man.

But in 2007, after limited opportunities, he chose to leave in search of first-team football and, primarily, more England caps. Needless to say, it didn't work out the way he'd hoped.

And speaking to the Daily Mail (via the Liverpool Echo), Crouch has spoken of his regret at leaving, when he saw what happened less than 18 months later.

He said: “The one thing that niggles away at me is leaving Liverpool in 2008.

"Rafa Benitez was happy to let me go and I was only ever going to be a Plan B.

"One of the reasons I went to Portsmouth was because Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres were such a dynamic partnership but, 18 months later, when I saw Andriy Voronin and David Ngog getting opportunities, it made me wish I had stayed.

"You don’t leave a club like Liverpool easily."

Let's be honest, he's not wrong there.

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