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Peter Crouch shares hilarious story about Xabi Alonso and the Champions League final

The former Liverpool forward has detailed an account running up to the clash with AC Milan in 2007

Peter Crouch is of a rare breed.

The Stoke forward has prolonged his career by being exceptionally good at what he does – capitalising on his freakishly tall height.


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Doing what he does best

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Doing what he does best

But people forget that Crouch was once far more than just an amusing cult hero, particularly when Liverpool forked out nearly £10m for his services in 2005.

And the 36-year-old has shared a truly hilarious story from his eventful time at Anfield.

Back in 2007, the Reds were preparing for their second Champions League final against AC Milan in three seasons after their dramatic victory over the Italians two years before.

Liverpool beat Chelsea in the semi-finals in 2007

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Liverpool beat Chelsea in the semi-finals in 2007

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The Rossoneri would go on to avenge that famous defeat, winning the showpiece in Athens 2-1.

But Crouch has revealed he very nearly hospitalised Dirk Kuyt in the run up to the final when the squad went go-karting in Portugal.

He told Four Four Two: “I think it was before the Champions League final… I think we were in Portugal, we had a week before the game and we went go-karting.

Dirk Kuyt scores in the 2012 League Cup final

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Sorry Dirk

“Went out, obviously going around the track and I’ve come in, I’ve flew into the pit obviously where we stop.

“I thought right I’ll just brake now. No brakes whatsoever… so I’ve seen [Xabi] Alonso and I’ve seen Kuyt and I thought who’s more valuable?

“So I’ve swerved into Kuyt and fair play to him he literally jumped with his legs like that and I’ve gone straight through him.

“…God’s honest truth it was quite dangerous.”

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Probably the right decision

So there you go.

Crouch nearly sacrificed Kuyt for the good of Xabi Alonso.

What a man.


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