Tuesday 18 June 2019

Roy Keane gives his verdict on Liverpool's Champions League hopes...and it's pretty damning

Roy Keane believes Liverpool have made defensive improvements that has put them in trophy contention
Roy Keane believes Liverpool have made defensive improvements that has put them in trophy contention

Roy Keane was far from impressed by Liverpool's thumping 7-0 win against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night, as he suggested Jurgen Klopp's side have 'beaten no-one' despite a fine run of form in recent weeks.

Former Manchester United captain Keane has been scathing in his assessment of Liverpool's hopes of challenging for major trophies this season, with his comments last month suggesting he 'wouldn't watch Liverpool if they were playing in my back garden' generating plenty of debate.

He continued that dismissive tone as he reflected on Liverpool's thumping win against Spartak Moscow that paved the way for their progress to the knock-out stages of the Champions League as Group E winners.

"Clearly they’re beating these so-called lesser teams, and the same in the Premier League, but they’ve beaten nobody yet, domestically and in Europe yet," said Keane in his role as an ITV pundit.

"The big tests are yet to come for Liverpool. They are certainly in great form at the moment, but the bigger teams are still to come.

"Going forward it's lovely to watch when they play well, but they wouldn't get that time and space against the decent teams, it's as simple as that. Give quality players time on the ball and they will punish you, but they won't get that time and space against quality teams."

Liverpool have scored 43 goals in their last 11 games in all competitions, but Keane believes their defensive weakness will be exposed in the latter stage of the Champions League.

"It was a lovely night for Liverpool and you can only beat what is in front of you, but take a step back and you realise there are so many bigger tests in front of them," added Keane."Against the bigger teams, they will be tested at the back."

Liverpool boss Klopp offered a very different view of the victory against Spartak Moscow, as he dismissed the suggestion that it was an comfortable win for his team.

"No, it was not easy. It was not easy," he said. "With my assistants, I was sitting outside when it was 6-0 and we were looking at each other and thought, ‘wow, how did that happen?’

"I didn’t see a lot of teams losing 7-0, but even when it was 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0 they still played football, they still had their moments, they still had scoring situations somehow. We had to play exactly the level we played tonight to beat them and then because of the development of the game it was a high result.

"Antonio Conte (Chelsea manager) said it yesterday, there are no easy opponents in it. I don’t think anybody is happy when they get us when they get us in the draw, so we will not be happy in the moment when we see who we will face in the next round, but we will be ready – that’s for sure."

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