Manchester United legend Roy Keane was left drooling over Liverpool’s midfielders for their performances in the 3-0 win against Manchester City at Anfield on Wednesday night.
The senior trio of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played pivotal roles in putting one foot in the Champions League semi-finals by ensuring that Pep Guardiola’s side failed to respond with an away goal after running riot in the first-half.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a belter while goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane earned what would be a deserved win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Ex-Man United and Celtic midfielder Keane was thoroughly impressed with the midfield trio for their performances against City but admits that he has one worry which will be how they could hold on to that lead in the second leg at the Etihad next week.
“Great team performance,” said Keane on ITV’s Champions League Highlights show on Wednesday now, as quoted by the Independent. “We’ve seen it previously that Liverpool have players that can hurt Manchester City on the counter-attack and they got heavily punished tonight.
“Liverpool, from a team performance, were outstanding. I thought the three players in midfield were outstanding as well. I thought Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain gave them that foundation to go on and win the game and I bet you Liverpool can’t believe their luck to be 3-0 up.
“Okay, it will be a tough second leg, but Liverpool will still fancy themselves to get an away goal and then the tie will be over.”
Football Insider verdict
If there’s any team that could turn this tie on it’s head then it is Manchester City and Keane is absolutely spot on in having reservations about whether Liverpool can celebrate too much just yet. Klopp has to send out his team next week with the aim of getting a goal, because an away goal could change the entire outlook of the game, especially if the Reds strike first. Having not scored against them at Anfield, Man City would panic when faced with the prospect of having to score five and that should surely seal the tie. With Salah on form again, there’s every chance that will happen.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds are on the verge of signing an attacker from this second-placed club.