Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has said that he isn’t worried about the club’s lack of transfer business this summer, because there aren’t many players who could improve their team.
The Reds have so far signed only 17-year-old centre back Sepp van den Berg, but Crouch is unconcerned by that fact. Additionally, he has revealed the juggling act of deciding who to support out of two of his former teams in this year’s Champions League final.
“Jurgen Klopp’s recruitment has just been first class, what he’s done,” he told talkSPORT [11/07; 17:20]. “When he first went in there, the club was struggling, it wasn’t the Liverpool we know.
“What they did last season, it would have been a real travesty if they’d not ended up winning something – and I think they’ll push Manchester City all the way next year, and I don’t think they need to make any rash signings just for signing’s sake.”
He also revealed if he supported Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final: “I started at Tottenham when I was 13 years old, so I found it difficult watching it, really. I didn’t know which way to go. Some of my best years in football were at Liverpool, and similar at Tottenham as well. So hopefully I answered that without actually answering it.”
It’s no surprise that Crouch was on the fence for the big game. He had stints with both Liverpool and Spurs, although he spent much longer with the latter. Indeed, he revealed himself that he started at White Hart Lane as a youngster. However, his wife Abbey Clancy and her family are obviously all big Scousers, so he certainly had split allegiances for the game in Madrid. He didn’t end up answering the question, but he was going to end up a winner no matter what happened in the final. As for Crouch’s remarks on Liverpool’s recruitment thus far this summer, he’s spot on. The Reds have a phenomenal squad and obviously invested heavily last summer. So there’s not many – if any – glaring holes in this Liverpool squad. They’re pretty strong everywhere, so Klopp doesn’t need to go out and splash the cash on just anyone. If a world class talent appears in a position of need, a number 10 perhaps, then he’d likely go for it, but for now they’re fine just taking their time.