The Return Of Peter Crouch

The Return Of Peter Crouch

This Saturday coming could see the end of an era. Or, in fact, an end of two eras. With Liverpool playing Stoke City at 12:30pm on Saturday, we are likely to see the return of Peter Crouch. Why this is likely to be the end of an era is because at the age of 37, this could be his last appearance in the Premier League. The other reason why that may be the case of course is because if Stoke lose, it could virtually consign them to relegation. Hence the end of another era. In a way it would be quite a loss to the Premier League if they do go down. Mind you, the table doesn’t lie. So they are second bottom for a reason.

But let us concentrate on the return of Peter Crouch from a Liverpool perspective. I don’t know about you lot but I loved him at Liverpool. It seemed when we signed him that he was a very unlikely signing. Rafa Benitez paid a sizeable fee at the time of £7m to Southampton for his services in 2005. I think it’s fair to say a few eyebrows were raised at the time. But he turned out to be a really good signing for us.

Peter Crouch And The Holte End

I remember being on holiday when we signed him. Out of the blue an Aston Villa fan I’d just met asked me, “what do you think of your new centre-forward”. As far as I concerned the jury was still out on Crouch. I remember he did score a good goal against us for Southampton at St Mary’s. And generally speaking he was a handful throughout. So in answer to the Villa fan’s question I was quite non committal really. What he said to me after though surprised me a bit. It also made me think that we could have signed a real good ‘un.

The Villa fan told me that there was only two players that received a rapturous welcome return to Villa Park when they showed up for a different club. One was Villa legend Gordon Cowans and the other was Peter Crouch. A high accolade indeed for Peter Crouch.

The Return Of Peter Crouch

The Return Of Peter Crouch
The Return Of Peter Crouch

At first it seemed that Liverpool may have made a mistake in signing Crouch. That is if you judged him on goal output only. It took Crouch 19 games before he scored his first goal for Liverpool. That goal came in a 4-0 win against Wigan in December 2005. It took four months for him to open his account. I was at the game and he actually went on to score two goals that day. The first one took such a huge deflection it was originally credited as an oggy. It was later credited to Crouch. So, like a bus, you wait so long for one then two arrive at the same time.

Even though it took him so long to score his first goal, the fans were really impressed with his overall game though. Like most fans I thought at 6’7″ he was just going to be an aerial threat. Not so. Yes his heading ability was exceptional, but his overall link up and hold up play was brilliant. As the old cliche says, “he had a great touch for a big fella”.

After he broke his duck, Crouch went on to endear himself to Liverpool fans so much more when he scored the winner against Manchester United in a FA Cup tie at Anfield.

Peter Crouch Celebrates After Man Utd Winner
Peter Crouch Celebrates After Man Utd Winner

In case you haven’t seen his winner, you can see it here…..

In all Peter Crouch scored 42 goals for Liverpool in 134 appearances. Crouch has great skill for such a big man. This was epitomised by the two acrobatic goals he scored against Galatasaray and Bolton.

Perfect Hat Trick

He was also rightly appreciated by Liverpool fans for a sensational hat-trick against Arsenal in the League on 31 March 2007. The ‘perfect’ hat-trick if you like. He scored with his head, right foot and left foot.

He was also well known for the Peter Crouch Robot Dance. The less said the better about that maybe.

The return of Peter Crouch on Saturday will give Liverpool fans the opportunity of giving him a great send off. If indeed it turns out to be a send off.

Will we hear this on Saturday…..

I hope that Crouch goes on to enjoy the rest of his career. Having said that, I hope the return of Peter Crouch does not reward his current team Stoke City with any points.

Thanks for the memories Crouchy.

 

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