Peter Crouch, who has been the subject of transfer speculation in recent weeks, and the subject of suggestions that he was getting ‘too big for his boots’ at Anfield (if that is possible) has committed his future to Liverpool.
Last week Rafa insisted the striker was not for sale, and now the player himself has spoken on the subject which involved a suggested bid from Newcastle United for £12 million.
“I have heard all the speculation and all I can say is I am happy here and love playing for the club,” Crouch said.
“It is a fantastic club, all the games are massive and I wouldn’t want to leave. I see my future here and as long as the manager doesn’t want me to go, I won’t be going.”
Crouchy expressed some displeasure at being hauled off by Rafa after his poor performance at Blackburn but responded in style with a great opening goal against Bolton on New Years Day.
“I have had challenges throughout my career and this is another one,” he added. “There are a lot of players who get rotated and I am not the only one.
“When you get a chance, you’ve got to take it. Hopefully I’ve given the manager something to think about. We all need to impress, not just those who are in and out.
“It can get frustrating when you want to play every game and do your best for the club, but all you can do is keep working hard.
“I know the manager has got no problem with me. Everyone who knows me knows my attitude won’t change. I’ve always worked hard and given my all, and that’s always going to be the case.”