'Lighten up' - Roy Keane blasts Liverpool fans after backlash
By Guy Giles
Manchester United legend Roy Keane has slammed Liverpool fans after their reaction to comments he made regarding Jurgen Klopp’s team following their 3-0 win over Maribor in the Champions League.
Keane, who is currently serving as Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager, was working as a pundit for ITV at the time of the comments.
He claimed that Liverpool “are going nowhere fast”, and said “I think if Liverpool were playing out in my back garden, I wouldn’t watch them.”
Liverpool supporters reacted angrily to Keane’s comments, and now the Irishman has spoken out to clarify his words and slate those who took them seriously.
Speaking to the press ahead of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying playoff against Denmark, as quoted by the Daily Mail, Keane said: “It was tongue in cheek. Anyone who has ever spoken to me about football will tell you the huge respect I have for Liverpool.
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“My comments were tongue in cheek and hopefully people will see it that way. People should lighten up a little.”
Keane also took the opportunity to dismiss rumours linking him to club management jobs, reiterating his commitment to Ireland.
‘My desire at this moment in time is that I’m really enjoying what I’m doing with Ireland. The only thing on my mind is helping get the team to the World Cup.