Exclusive – Peter Crouch on Stoke v Liverpool: ‘It won’t be a walkover again!’

first_imgStoke City striker Peter Crouch is relishing the prospect of kicking off the new Premier League campaign against former side Liverpool, but insists the result will be more competitive than their thumping win over the Reds last season.Anfield hero Steven Gerrard endured a miserable final game in a Liverpool shirt last season before his LA Galaxy switch, with the captain netting the consolation goal in a 6-1 demolition at the Britannia Stadium on the final day.Brendan Rodgers’ side were a shambles as Stoke ran riot with five goals in the first-half, while Crouch got on the scoreline against his old club late on to complete the rout.However, following the Reds’ busy summer transfer window, the former England frontman expects a tougher challenge when they meet again on Sunday.“I’m quite sure that it’s going to closer than when we last met,” Crouch told the Sports Bar.“That hurt Liverpool, a club like that do nest get beat by six goals very often.“It was an incredible day for us, our first half performance was probably the best we played all season – everything we hit seemed to go in.“I’ve seen over the years that when big clubs come to the Britannia Stadium, they don’t relish it and we’ve turned over some big sides and taken some big scalps at home.“But Liverpool are going to be wounded from that result and they’ll come out fighting.“They’ve made some big signings this summer as well…we know it’s going to be a lot closer and a lot more difficult this year.”last_img

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