Peter Crouch reveals how Fernando Torres influenced his greatest Liverpool regret.

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Crouch joined the Reds from Southampton in 2005 after Rafa Benitez’s Champions League success in Istanbul.

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch revealed that the departure from Anfield in 2008 was one of the “biggest regrets” of his professional career.

Crouch spent three years at Anfield from 2005 to 2008 and became a fan favorite of Merseyside

In the 2005/06 season he scored 13 goals for the Reds and spent another two seasons with the club – a total of 42 goals for Benitez’s team.

The six-foot seven-meter striker quickly became a fan favorite for Liverpool, although he failed to score in his first 18 games in all competitions.

Crouch examined the situation when Torres joined the club and evaluated his options before leaving the club in 2008 when he signed for Portsmouth.

Fernando Torres came to Anfield in the summer of 2007, and after his sensational start for the club, Crouch quickly fell into the pecking order.

Torres’ meeting with Steven Gerrard made the Spaniard virtually unshakable, and the former Reds striker scored 24 goals in his debut season in the Premier League.

Now Crouch has revealed that he regrets leaving Liverpool when he did.

Torres remained with the team until 2011, when he switched to Premier League rivals Chelsea for £50 million.

said the former Liverpool favourite on BT Sport: “It was a massive wrench in my book.

“I looked at it, I had to keep going, it was really exceptional, because I think Liverpool is going downhill from my point of view.

“I was playing for England back then and we signed Fernando Torres. There was a spot up front with Steven Gerrard, and I just looked at it and thought that it wasn’t going to be me.

“I looked at it afterwards and Torres finally went to Chelsea and I thought, ‘What could have been?’ and in the end it was one of the biggest regrets of my career because I felt what could have been if I’d held out a little bit more.

“I could have had games after Torres left and there is no better place for me to play than Liverpool”.

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