Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has insisted Roy Keane is ‘TV gold’, despite criticism over his comments chastising Manchester City defender Kyle Walker on Sky Sports.
The inflammatory nature of Keane’s analysis has sparked some criticism, yet Aldridge has told sundayworld.com that the former Manchester United skipper is one of the best pundits on TV.
“A lot of people are offended by Roy and there is no doubt he speaks from the heart, but for me, he is TV gold,” stated Aldridge, who played with Keane for the Republic of Ireland.
“He is not doing it to get attention. Roy has no interest in making more money as he will have loads of that after his fantastic career and he is not like others who are trying to say controversial things to attract a few more followers on social media.
“Roy has always been a guy who has strong views and I saw that at times when I played with him, but we always go on well. Even though he was a Man United man and I was Liverpool through-and-through, we had a good relationship and I love watching him on TV.
“The way he sparks of Jamie Carragher makes for compulsive viewing. They are the best two pundits on Sky, along with Graeme Souness.
“Gary Neville is also good, but he is not as interesting to watch as Keane. You don’t know what Roy is going to say from one minute to the next and while some might find him a bit over-the-top, I see where he is coming from.
“I see some of me in him. I’d be saying people are idiots and shouting at them if I was in the dressing room and people are offended by that kind of approach now. I think it’s fine and that’s what we want to see in our TV pundits.
“There are some pundits on Sky and other channels who say nothing controversial, just describe what we have already seen and they are a waste of time. Give me Keane and Carra every Sunday please.”
Liverpool the team to beat
Roy Keane says champions Liverpool are going to take some stopping this season after battling to a 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.
The former Manchester United man was impressed with the “hunger” of Jurgen Klopp’s side as they managed to earn a point against Pep Guardiola’s men.
“What I enjoyed most about Liverpool today, as well as their qualities that we know they have and the one or two injuries they have, I always look at teams who have won the league, they have that mindset, the body language, the desire,” he told Sky Sports after the game.
“I see a lot of that in this Liverpool team and I still think that it’s going to take a lot to stop this team.” Read more…