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Supermodel holds Anfield striker in very high regard; Jodie Kidd has a soft spot for 6ft 7ins Peter Crouch.

Byline: Kate Mansey reports

SUPERMODEL and race car driver Jodie Kidd yesterday admitted she had a soft spot for gangly Liverpool striker Peter Crouch.

The football fan said she had been an avid Liverpool supporter for years, but the performance by the team's 6ft 7ins forward during Wednesday's England match at Anfield won her over.

Visiting Liverpool as part of a promotional tour for the DVLA's online tax registration service, the 6ft 1ins supermodel tucked into a bacon sandwich as she discussed the match, breaking off only to ask for brown sauce.

Ms Kidd saw England's win on television on Wednesday night where the Liverpool striker appeared to secure his World Cup place with the equalising goal in England's 2-1 win.

She said: "I am a massive Liverpool Football Club fan - I'm quite obsessed.

"It started with Michael Owen. I was in France for the 1998 World Cup and after the England v Argentina game I completely fell in love with him. When he left I stayed with the club but after last night's performance I think my favourite has to be Peter Crouch, although I'm a big fan of Stevie Gerrard."

The model, who lives in Birmingham with her internet tycoon husband Adrian Butler, travelled to Liverpool yesterday to pose for a photo shoot in Wood Street's FACT centre.

While she has made a name for herself as one of the world's highest paid models, her real passion is car racing. The motor-sports enthusiast has an impressive collection of some of the best high performance vehicles money can buy.

On any given day she has the choice of going for a spin in a Maserati Gran Sport, a Ferrari 550 or her Lamborghini.

When Ms Kidd appeared on BBC's Top Gear, the model had the fastest lap time of any of the show's celebrity guests.

She said: "At that time I had never been in a race car in my life. I was at a show one night and was sat next to Jeremy Clarkson. We started talking about cars and he said 'Why don't you come on the show?'

"I found it quite easy and after that I got my international training licence which I've had for two years now."

With a history of polo playing and show jumping, the model is just as likely to be found at the side of a horserace track.

The racehorse owner said: "I'm up here for the Grand National at Aintree every year. My brother's a professional polo player and I used to ride as well. In fact, I think that's where my ability to drive came from, assessing the turns and getting the balance right. It's just that now I've gone from one horse power to several hundred horse power."

In between modelling and promotional work Jodie Kidd has been flying between London and LA to host an American television show about fashion.

She said: "I host a show in America but I definitely wouldn't go into acting. I can't act at all."

The model's Liverpool stop was part of a 15-date tour of the UK promoting the DVLA's new online service.

Derek Hobbs, spokesman for the DVLA, said: "Jodie is perfect for us because she drives fast on the track, but she has no points on her licence."

kate.mansey@liverpool.com

It started with Michael Owen

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