Crouch is on his way to Portsmouth this week and Benitez told liverpoolfc.tv: "People need to understand that we have supported Peter from the day he signed and we offered him a new contract (before the summer). But I can understand that he wants to play every week, wants to start every game.
"As a manager you have to understand these situations. Also, a few people in the press were talking about £7million - so then I talked about £15million because I wanted to protect the club. But I know you need to respect the players. So, we have now more or less agreed a transfer fee and now it's just the player talking to Portsmouth and finding a solution."