Crouch talks about rotation and that wonder-goal

Peter Crouch has been speaking to the media about his views on Rafa’s rotation policy and of course that goal against Galatasaray.

“I was particularly eager to prove a point having sat out the last few games, and I'd admit it has been frustrating. You want to be in the team, so when you get a chance you've got to grab it with both hands. Hopefully I’ve done that. It's been difficult because I felt I was playing well, but the manager likes to chop and change. He always said I'd play plenty of games, and he proved that by starting with me last night.

“It's hard to get your head around it when you're sitting on the bench, especially when you've not had it before, but we've a top, top manager who gets results playing this way, so you won't hear me complaining.

"Perhaps it's going to be even more of a challenge for me this season, but that keeps you hungry. He has certainly kept me on my toes and you can't go banging on his door if he is getting results. When you haven't played a game it keeps you fresh and ready for the next one. I have been out for a couple of weeks now and came in fresh for the game. Perhaps it's going to be even more of a challenge for me this season, but that keeps you hungry.

“I'm still not sure I'll play on Saturday, but the system works, so you can't fault it. Hopefully I've done enough, but we've a lot of good players here. You never know who's playing until the team is read out an hour before the game, so you just have to keep yourself ready and focused for when you will play. Even if you've missed four in a row, you still have to think you'll be playing in the next match. You have to be ready to play at any time and keep sharp in training and take your chance when it comes. You want to be playing every game but he keeps you hungry. You want to go out there when you do get a chance and be as fresh as you can.

“I try goals like that in training and they usually go over the bar. Any goal in front of The Kop is special, but particularly that one. I'd say it was the best of my career, and definitely the best for Liverpool. It's even better for it to be a winner in a Champions League game. People thought what on earth I was doing, but it has got us three points. Nine times out of 10 you try shots like that and they go over the bar, but thankfully that one has gone in the back of the net.

“The manager knows my character; I don't get carried away if ever I do anything good. My feet have always been on the ground and I've always shown that in my career. I've worked hard to get to this stage of my career and I'm not going to rest on my laurels now.”