Peter Crouch commentating on his Champions League debut for Liverpool is pure gold

  • Kobe Tong

Peter Crouch is one of the most entertaining characters in English football.

Aside from being a member of the Premier League 100-goal club whose technically ability was always criminally underrated, Crouch also happens to be an absolute hoot away from the pitch.

Whether it’s in the form of his television appearances or self-titled podcast, the former England striker has seamlessly transitioned from life in professional football to the world of retirement.

Crouch’s brilliant punditry

As such, it should come as no surprise that Crouch is always a favourite with the major broadcasters in regards to punditry because you know that he’s going to deliver brilliant moments.

Yes, tactical insight and quality analysis are what’s most important when it comes to sitting in the studio for a big game, but there’s no denying that a certain level of X-factor helps to bring in viewers too.

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You only have to look at Roy Keane going viral week in, week out for his Manchester United rants to see that an extra level of pizazz doesn’t exactly do any harm for the ratings.

And it seems as though Crouch is on a roll at the moment because just days after his brilliant quip about Mohamed Salah’s contract situation, he was back at it again during BT Sport’s Champions League coverage.

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Crouch reacts to his Champions League debut

That’s because the 41-year-old partook in an amusing segment with Owen Hargreaves and Steve McManaman where the pundits on the sofa reacted to their debuts in the competition.

So, that just happened to entail Crouch giving his commentary on Liverpool‘s 2-1 win at Real Betis in September 2005, which was the Reds’ first game in the Champions League proper since that night in Istanbul.

However, this is ‘Crouchy’ we’re talking about here, so you can rest assured that it wasn’t a drab walkthrough of his memories that night, but rather a light-hearted and self-deprecating reel of jokes.

From losing his mind over a simple pass to generously crediting himself with a step-over, Crouch’s commentary was just as amusing as you’d imagine, so be sure to skip to 1:04 in the video below to check it out:

Somebody get Crouch in the commentary booth!

Put respect on Crouch’s name

There’s something about Crouch sarcastically dishing out superlatives that can’t help bring a smile to your face with McManaman also pointing out that he technically provided the pre-assist for Luis Garcia’s goal.

However, as much as Crouch might entertain us all by poking fun at his own performances, it goes without saying that he enjoyed an underrated Champions League career during his time on Merseyside.

Besides, you only have to look at the fact that only Kaka outscored Crouch in the following European season with Liverpool going all the way to the final to see that respect should be put on his name.

Football – Liverpool v Besiktas UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday Four Group A – Anfield – Liverpool – England – 07/08 – 6/11/07 Peter Crouch – Liverpool celebrates his goal Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine

And to think that it all started on a night in Seville that is infinitely better for having Crouch’s commentary edited over it.

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