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Crouch makes public his desire to stay a Red

Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has sought to dismiss recent transfer speculation by pledging his long-term future to the club.

Crouch insists he has no intention of seeking a big-money move away unless Reds boss Rafael Benitez wants him to leave.

The 25-year-old ended a run of recent poor form by scoring a stunning opener in the New Year's Day victory over Bolton.

And Crouch told the Liverpool Echo: 'I have heard all the speculation and all I can say is I am happy here and love playing for the club.

'It is a fantastic club, all the games are massive and I wouldn't want to leave. I see my future here and as long as the manager doesn't want me to go, I won't be going.'

Newcastle were linked with a £12million January swoop for Crouch with the England striker believed to have become frustrated with Benitez's controversial squad rotation system.

But despite showing obvious displeasure upon being substituted during the recent defeat at Blackburn, Crouch claimed that is not the case and insists he is happy to give others their chance.

He added: 'I have had challenges throughout my career and this is another one. There are a lot of players who get rotated and I am not the only one.

'When you get a chance, you've got to take it. Hopefully I've given the manager something to think about. We all need to impress, not just those who are in and out.

'It can get frustrating when you want to play every game and do your best for the club, but all you can do is keep working hard.

'I know the manager has got no problem with me. Everyone who knows me knows my attitude won't change. I've always worked hard and given my all, and that's always going to be the case.'