Keane blames Benitez’s tactics for failed Liverpool move

Date published: Wednesday 4th October 2017 11:10 - Daniel Storey

Robbie Keane says that Rafael Benitez trying to convert him into a left winger is the reason his move to Liverpool failed.

Kane was signed from Tottenham for £19m in 2008, with the intention of helping Liverpool to a serious title challenge.

However, Keane would score only seven times for Liverpool, who he described as his boyhood club after the move. That would become a theme.

Keane rejoined Tottenham six months after leaving White Hart Lane, and immediately found form again.

In an interview with journalist Graham Hunter on his podcast, Keane opened up about why his dream move went sour.

“He wanted to change me to a left winger,” Keane said of Benitez.

“I am clearly not a left winger, and that is obviously clear for everyone to see.

“The first 20 minutes he wanted me to play left wing, and obviously I had never played it before, so it was new to me.

“When I did play up front I scored goals. But when I did play, I wasn’t going to play the next day, which for a striker is very difficult.”

“He tried to turn me into something I’m not, and that was always going to be a recipe for disaster as someone used to scoring goals.”

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