Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has revealed an embarrassing story from his time at the club.
The lofty Englishman had just arrived from Southampton in a surprise deal when he checked into a local hotel – and caught sight of a lady he thought he might have a chance with.
“On signing for Liverpool I stayed at the Hope Street Hotel.” he wrote in the Daily Mail.
“On reception was a girl so good-looking I couldn’t quite believe she was smiling at me all the time.
“I told the lads in training, ‘honestly, she’s beautiful, I think I’ve got a shout here.’
“Jamie Carragher called a few other senior players over, ‘tell them again, Crouchie.’
“So I did, ‘amazing. Dark-haired. Spanish-looking. I’m in there.’ It turned out she was Xabi Alonso’s partner.
“She was doing a bit of work to practise her language skills. He was nice about it. So was she.
“Carra less so.” he finished.
Perhaps he should have got some tips from former Chelsea and England skipper John Terry.