The Sunday Mirror says Crouch has been angered by suggestions Liverpool want to cash in on him now because he has refused to sign a new long-term deal that would protect his value in the transfer market.

Liverpool value Crouch at about £8million, but a source close to the player said: "Peter has not rejected a new contract - because he hasn't been offered one by the club.

"They spent the summer months securing several players on new deals - and it said everything that Peter was not one of those players asked to secure his future."

Crouch is planning to resist any Liverpool attempt to sell him before the end of the season - although that may change if Manchester City or Newcastle launch a bid for a player both Sven Goran Eriksson and Sam Allardyce have been tracking for months.