Robbie Keane compares himself to Firmino and says he’d be ‘perfect’ for Klopp’s side

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Robbie Keane has likened himself to Roberto Firmino and says he would have been the ‘perfect fit’ for Jurgen Klopp’s front-three. 3 He appeared to struggle to fit in with then-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez’s system, but Keane has said he would have loved to play for the Reds under current boss Klopp.“I’d love to play in their front three, I’d fit in perfect,” Keane told Paddy Power in Dublin.“The way Firmino plays is very similar to my game.“I like to drop off, in that number ten role, and if you’ve got two players who are that quick to play in on either side of you, it’s a striker’s dream.“The problem that other teams have is that, already when you play against them, you’re on the back foot straight away, because of how quick they are and how direct they are when they’re getting in behind with balls in-between the lines.“We’ve seen it against top teams this week in Tottenham and PSG, they couldn’t deal with it. They create so many chances, they’re a horrible team to play against.” The Republic of Ireland star spent just six months as a player at Anfield.He arrived from Tottenham in July 2008 for £19m and scored seven goals for the Reds, before the club decided to sell him back to Spurs for a cut-price £12m the following February.But while he might not be remembered for an outstanding record in his short-lived spell at Liverpool, he was prolific in his pomp for Spurs and netted 126 career goals in the Premier League – putting him 14th in the all-time list of top flight goalscorers.Keane’s move was a puzzling one. Liverpool of course already had Fernando Torres, and after the Irishman completed his hero’s return to White Hart Lane he immediately started banging in the goals again. 3 Robbie Keane says he would be perfect for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side center_img 3 Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners against Tottenham in the league last weekend Keane joined Liverpool for £19million, at a time when Fernando Torres was the club’s record signing at £26m Keane has also backed Liverpool to end their trophy drought after losing three cup finals under Klopp.The Reds host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday – with LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE commentary on talkSPORT – looking to continue their 100 per cent start to the season.It’s been 28 years since they last lifted the league title, back when it was still the First Devision, but Keane believes this Liverpool can team can finally bring the Premier League trophy home.“There’s no doubt in my mind that, in the next year or so, with the manager that they have, the players that they have and how they play the game, they will win trophies and they need that now,” he added.“People ask me what they need and I say that, like Tottenham, they need to win a trophy. That would give them momentum to carry on and push on.“They were within touching distance last year, with the Champions League, but I can definitely see them pushing for the Premier League this year.“For me, this season is the most realistic chance Liverpool have had of winning the title for a long while. Anybody finishing above Liverpool this year are doing well.”last_img read more

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