As we all know current Ireland assistant manager and former Manchester United and Ireland captain Roy Keane is not shy about making his opinions known.
The ever outspoken former midfield general was particularly critical in his assessment of Jurgen Klopp’s team last week after their 3-0 win at Anfield in the Champions League against Maribor as the Mirror reported.
Keane feels Liverpool fans need to ‘lighten up’ and went on to say that the Reds are ‘drifting nowhere’ under the stewardship of their German manager before revealing “he wouldn’t watch them if they were playing in his back garden”.
But speaking before Ireland’s crucial World Cup play-off against Denmark on the weekend, the former Man United midfielder insisted his comments were only made for a laugh, suggesting it was simply banter.
Keane went on and reassured people over his comments saying: “It was tongue in cheek.
“Anyone who has ever spoken to me about football will tell you the huge respect I have for Liverpool. I grew up watching them in the 80s winning leagues every year”.
So it will be interesting to see if the former Celtic men in Keane and Martin O’Neill can guide Ireland through the play-offs with Denmark and reach the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
Liverpool on the other hand are looking pretty good at the moment with the key signings of Salah, Mane and Firmino looking better and better each game as the Liverpool boss deepens his attacking options and improves their defensive performances.
Liverpool have moved up to joint 5th in the Premier League table on the same points (19) and goal difference as Arsenal (+4) following Manchester City’s win over the Gunners at the Etihad over the weekend and Liverpools 4-1 hammering of West Ham.
With Klopp’s team having scored 10 goals and conceded just 1 goal in their past 3 consecutive wins, Jurgen Klopp looks like he is very much the man who is capable of managing Liverpool to a sustained title challenge and going deep in the Champions League despite what Roy Keane may think.