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Steve Hunter 13 April 2007
Peter Crouch has revealed that he just loves life at Anfield and is hoping he can fire the goals to help Liverpool achieve Champions League glory this season.
The 18 goal marksman admitted there is no club he would rather be at than Liverpool and added he wants to be part of Rafael Benitez's plans for bringing back more trophies to Anfield.
"I knew there were a lot of rumours earlier in the season about other clubs being interested, but I always made my feelings clear when I was asked about the future," said Crouch.
"There's no way I'd want to leave Liverpool. Where do you go from Liverpool other than to a club at a lower level?
"I love it here and being at a top four club you know you've a chance to play in the Champions League every year and continue to compete for trophies.
"I also think there's a great team developing here and with the help of the new owners we could put in a serious challenge for the Premiership over the next few years. I want to be part of that.
"It's been going really well for me recently. I'm on a good scoring run and to be in with a chance of finishing top scorer in the Champions League is great."
The Reds number 15 has scored seven goals in this season's competition and is currently level with AC Milan ace Kaka. However, UEFA haven't counted Crouch's effort against Maccabi Haifa because it was in the qualifying round and not from the group stage onwards.
"UEFA say I'm on six goals, but I'm definitely counting the qualifying game because that was an important one for us," added Crouch.
"To be up there with such a quality player as Kaka is fantastic. I do take a lot of satisfaction from that. But if you ask me what I'd prefer, I'd rather the team won the Champions League than finish top scorer.
"I feel over the last few years I have proved myself at the top level, whether it's been the step to a club like Liverpool, the Champions League or internationals. That's down to working with such a good manager who always wants you to keep on improving.
"There are parts of my game I'm still looking to work on. People have mentioned my heading quite a bit this season.
"To be fair, I've always scored goals with my head, but there were a few occasions earlier in the season when I should have scored headers. It's something I was aware of so to get a few recently was pleasing.
"In a funny way, I think the nose operation came at a good time in the season where a little break has done me the world of good.
"When I came back I felt really fresh and sharp and it's gone on from there. There were a few of us who took time to hit our best form earlier in the season, but now we seem to be clicking at the same time which bodes well for the big games to come."
Meanwhile Crouch is keen to put one particular erroneous story to rest that circulated from a story on television this week which claimed that Liverpool's top scorer is a Chelsea supporter.
"I was stitched up a bit with that," Crouch admitted.
"When I was younger my dad did take me to see Chelsea, but when I was with my mates I was more a QPR fan, so it's not like I was ever a big Chelsea supporter.
"You've also got to remember the Chelsea back then was nothing like the Chelsea it is now. I remember going along there when they were in the old Second Division.
"Put it this way, there's no question where my allegiance is now. I'm firmly in the red camp. The same applies to my dad.
"He's been travelling to our European games with Jamie Carragher's dad and his friends, so you don't have to worry who he'll want to win.
"We know what the hype is going to be like over the next two weeks and it's already started. I'm looking forward to everything about it.
"Last time Liverpool played Chelsea at this stage I was on the outside looking in, hoping rumours that Liverpool were interested in me were true and wishing I could be part of such a big game.
"Now it's going to happen you just want it to come about. You're always focused on the game, but there's no escaping the attention of such a massive match."
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