Peter Crouch has revealed how he once had to choose which Liverpool player to crash into before the club's Champions League final appearance in 2007.
The Reds were preparing for the final against AC Milan by indulging in a go-karting session. And Crouch was presented with the difficult decision of what Reds player to potentially injure ahead of the ensuing final in Athens when his brakes gave way.
The former striker had to decide who was more valuable to the Reds' pursuit of European glory out of team-mates Xabi Alonso and Dirk Kuyt before his go-kart spiralled out of control. Crouch shared the hilarious tale on talkSPORT where he explained: "Just before the Champions League final, we were in Spain or Portugal and went go-karting! Everyone had stopped in the pits and as I came in, I came in fast obviously for a bit of fun, my brakes had gone. No brakes.
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"It was Alonso or Kuyt, and I thought 'who do we need most?'"
And unfortunately for Kuyt, Crouch opted to crash into the former Dutch striker as he felt midfield maverick Alonso would be more impactful in the game. The 6ft7 giant added: "So I went straight into Kuyt! He spread his legs and I went through the middle of them and back onto the track.”
But luckily Crouch's dodgy breaks weren't too detrimental as Kuyt emerged from the crash unscathed and started the final along with Alonso. And Kuyt proved Crouch wrong when he scored the Reds' only goal in the match, although his strike wasn't enough to prevent Milan from winning 2-1 on the night.
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Crouch himself came on as a sub in the final but failed to make an impact as Milan exacted revenge for their loss to the Reds in the same encounter back in 2005. But Crouch's judgement in front of goal that season was spot-on as he ended the season 2006–07 campaign as Liverpool's overall top goalscorer with eighteen goals in all competitions.
However, he was unable to re-produce the same goal return the following season and was shipped to Portsmouth in 2008. The former England star went on to play for Tottenham and Stoke City before ending his career with Burnley aged 38.
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