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.

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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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