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Liverpool boss Benitez pays tribute to departing Crouch

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has paid tribute to Peter Crouch as he prepares to sell the striker to Portsmouth this week.

The England star passed a medical and Pompey are likely to confirm his return to the south coast today.

And Liverpool boss Benitez said: "Peter's a good professional and a nice person.

"We offered him a new deal but he wanted to play more.

"He did well here after people doubted us signing him."

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