Crouch played under Benitez at Liverpool.

Peter Crouch recalls the two presents he bought Rafa Benitez during Liverpool's Secret Santa

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We’re approaching the time of year that offices everywhere start drawing out names for their Secret Santa.

If you’re not familiar with Secret Santa, it involves a group of people each being given a random name of someone they need to ‘secretly’ buy a present for.

Almost like a World Cup sweepstake with presents involved.

But this festive-themed fun isn’t restricted to offices.

It seems football clubs also get involved.

And that includes Liverpool.

Peter Crouch has revealed that he actually drew his manager, Rafa Benitez, in Secret Santa - and he brought him two rather brilliant presents.

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“Funnily enough, I drew my boss once at Secret Santa. It was Rafa Benitez at Liverpool” Crouch explained on That Peter Crouch Podcast.

“There was no limit so we went all in. So, what I got for Rafa; He started changing his image a bit, he started wearing a leather jacket.

“So, I got him a new leather and I also got him Jose Mourinho’s book and it was ‘Jose Mourinho: How to win the league.”


Of course, Benitez and Mourinho don’t exactly see eye-to-eye.

Their rivalry started in the mid-2000s when Benitez’s Liverpool and Mourinho’s Chelsea clashed in the latter stages of the Champions League on numerous occasions.

However, Crouch’s present didn’t go down too badly with Benitez.

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“He opened it up and he was genuinely interested. He’s like ‘I’ll read that.’ I don’t think he really got it," Crouch added.

Of course, Benitez already knew how to win the league having done so on two occasions with Valencia in La Liga. But he failed to emulate that at Liverpool.

Mourinho’s advice may have been put to good use during the 2016/17 season, though, as Benitez led Newcastle to the Championship title, getting them back into the Premier League.

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Peter Crouch
Newcastle United

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