Mike Pejic believes Liverpool would rather be playing Peter Crouch than Rickie Lambert.

Crouch has been enjoying a productive season in Mark Hughes’s Stoke side, netting four goals in 14 games for the 12th placed team.

Not regarded for his finishing ability, the 33-year-old scored 14 goals in his first season with the Potters following his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur in 2011, although he could only follow up with eight and ten goals in the two successive campaigns. He is on course to beat his best ever tally since his move to the Britannia Stadium, and, as part an attack featuring Bojan, Jon Walters and Victor Moses, Mark Hughes has created a surprisingly effective offensive unit.

The 42-capped England international has not turned out for his country since his move to Stoke, with his best years in a Three Lions shirt coming when he was signed to Liverpool and Portsmouth. During one season of his career at Anfield, Crouch ended as top scorer with 18 goals, and he helped the club win the 2006 FA Cup, as well as turning out in the 2007 Champions League Final defeat to AC Milan.

Always criticised for his apparent lack of technical ability, he still held a strong goal rate, and Stoke legend Mike Pejic believes that Liverpool would much rather have Crouch to call on this season, ahead of the misfiring Rickie Lambert.

Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, former defender Pejic said: “Monday’s game against Chelsea will be another chance for Crouch to show his worth as publicity gathers pace over whether he is given a new contract.

“And I’d much rather have him playing for Liverpool than Rickie Lambert if I was boss at Anfield.

“It’s not just his scoring prowess I like, it’s his ability to drag defenders around to create space for others, while his footballing brain is usually put to good use too.”

Aside from just saying that Crouch would still be a good player for Liverpool, the 274-game Stoke veteran has suggested that he would still be an England international if he was playing for the Reds.

“For me,” he continued. “He’d still be playing for England if he was still playing for Liverpool.”

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