Liverpool striker Peter Crouch accepts he deserved to be sent off against Chelsea on Wednesday night - but has hit out at the role of Mikel John Obi in his dismissal.

Crouch was shown the red card for jumping with both feet at Mikel during the second half of the Reds´ 2-0 Carling Cup quarter-final defeat at Stamford Bridge. The England striker verbally retorted to crowd abuse as he left the field and he admits he was frustrated.

Crouch told the Liverpool Echo: "Mikel came in with his studs up and that was in the back of my mind. Then I thought there was another foul in there and obviously I´ve lost my head. There are no excuses for the tackle I made but if the referee had pulled the foul up when he should have done it wouldn´t have happened."

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