Peter Crouch To Robbie Keane: Rafa Benitez Killed My Liverpool Career As Well

The anti-Rafa brigade is now officially fronted by a big-man-small-man combo...
Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane may not look like brothers, but they are twins in their contempt for Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

Keane's short-lived Liverpool career came to an unceremonious end this week after Benitez sent him back to Tottenham with his bags in tow, and now Crouch has let 'Robbie' know that he feels his pain.

"There are a few similarities between what has happened with Robbie and my own situation. I feel sorry for him," Crouch told The Sun.

“We all know what a great player Robbie is but he didn’t get a fair crack of the whip at Liverpool.

“But that is the way Rafa operates and it can be very frustrating because, when I was there, he never really explained why I was not playing.

“There were times when I thought he didn’t fancy me but then he’d start me for two or three games on the spin.

“It got to the stage where I gave up second guessing which games I would be playing and which ones I wouldn’t," he added.

“The biggest letdown for me was the Champions League final against AC Milan, when Rafa went with one up front and played Dirk Kuyt, as I was desperate to show what I could do on the big stage.

“The Liverpool fans won’t care about what Rafa is like as long as they keep winning and you cannot argue with his record but, at the same time, it can be very frustrating.

Crouch will be desperate to show Benitez what he is missing out on when he takes on his ex team at Fratton Park this weekend. though he insists that he does not have an axe to grind.

“When I left to rejoin Portsmouth Rafa told me he rated me and wished me all the best so I do not feel I have a point to prove.

“But, at the same time, there is always an extra incentive when you are playing against your former club so I would love to score.”

Derek Wanner, Goal.com