Roy Keane explains why he is leaning towards Liverpool for title defence

Date published: Monday 9th November 2020 9:53

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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 side.

Klopp, who sprung a major surprise by including Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino in his side, was without several key players.

Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara are all on the sidelines through injury, and Trent Alexander-Arnold also picked up a problem at The Etihad.

Alexander-Arnold was substituted with an injury, forcing James Milner to play the last 30 minutes at right-back.

Klopp stated Alexander-Arnold will be ruled out of England’s fixtures with Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland during the international break.

The full-back will have a scan on a suspected calf problem on Monday.

Keane though was full of praise for Liverpool, who managed to adapt and come away from The Etihad with a well-won point.

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“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.

Keane hails world-class Klopp

“I know they’re not at their very best, they’re grinding out results. But Jurgen Klopp, in his interview, he’s delighted and thinking that they still turned up here today, with their problems and one or two injuries. Trent getting injured, Milner comes in.

“That’s what winning championships is about, having setbacks, having disappointments but showing a really strong mentality and I saw that today.”

Mo Salah’s penalty had put the Reds ahead, but Gabriel Jesus equalised before Kevin de Bruyne missed a penalty to let the Reds off the hook.

When asked which team he’d have preferred to play for, Keane added: “I spent more time watching the two managers, they spoke about the tactical changes, but their whole demeanour, shouting, what it means to both managers. They are world-class managers who have won big prizes.

“I probably wouldn’t want to play for either of them because that would mean I would have to play for Liverpool or Manchester City. The two managers, you talk about teams reflecting your managers, and both teams did well today with their hunger and desire, which we saw from the managers.”

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