‘The director had different ideas’ | Robbie Keane talks about leaving Liverpool

Robbie Keane played for Liverpool from 2008 to 2009, scoring just 5 goals in 19 appearances. He was most accredited during his time at Tottenham Hotspur, where he scored 91 goals in 138 appearances over two spells at the club.

He will face Manchester United for the Liverpool legends match at Anfield, known as ‘Legends of the North’. The official Liverpool FC website interviewed the former Ireland international ahead of the game:

“Unfortunately I couldn’t take part in the last game, I had something. I’m looking forward to this one now and obviously playing at Anfield is definitely much better than playing at Old Trafford! I can’t wait to seeing the old faces, players I used to play with and players I’ve met over the last few years since I retired It’s always nice to see guys and I am excited for the game.

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Robbie Keane also explained how he felt his tenure at Anfield was short-lived, given he only made 19 appearances in a Liverpool shirt between 2008 and 2009:

“Obviously my intention was to stay there as long as possible. But in football, as we know, it happens, things change. Of course, I would have liked to stay a little longer but it was not made to be.

“The manager had different ideas which is good and I have no problem with that, everyone has their own ideas and I respect that. But I’m thinking about it. [with] no regrets.

“I was very lucky to put on this shirt and have a great time – scoring against Arsenal at the Emirates, that half-volley and goals like that. It will always stay forever.”


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