Peter Crouch debates his biggest regret of illustrious Premier League career

Premier League cult hero Peter Crouch has revealed the biggest regret of his career is leaving Liverpool.

The former England striker enjoyed a relatively successful three-year spell at Anfield, having signed for Rafa Benitez's Champions League winners from Southampton in 2005.

Crouch was a popular figure at the Reds, helping them reach the 2007 Champions League final where they lost out to AC Milan, before making a return to Portsmouth a year later.

And the retired football admits that, looking back, he could have perhaps stayed on a little longer in Merseyside.

Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Crouch said: "Things happen for a reason and I accepted many things in my career, such as losing the Champions League final in 2007.

"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."

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