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Souness Lifts Lid On Keane And Neville Rage After 7-0 Anfield Calamity

Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington
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Graeme Souness bade farewell to his long-term gig as a Sky Sports pundit this week, celebrating his final game with the broadcaster after 15 years in the pundit's chair.

He has at times cut a frosty figure in the studio, but has also given us some iconic moments down through the years.

One of the most memoerable came this season, back in March, when Souness' former club Liverpool laid waste to Manchester United in a stunning 7-0 win at Anfield.

It was one of the most shocking results in Premier League history, and Souness' fellow pundits Gary Neville and Roy Keane were visibly shell shocked in the Sky Sports studio post-match.

Speaking to Simon Jordan this week, Souness reflected on his punditry career, and said that Keane and Neville were "boiling" - in an element which only added to an already memorable day for the Liverpool legend.

Graeme Souness says Liverpool's 7-0 win v United was best day of his punditry career

Graeme Souness and Gary Neville memorably clashed after Liverpool's destruction of Manchester United at Anfield in March.


Despite Neville's former club shipping six second half goals en route to an historically bad loss, the ex-United captain argued that they had mostly been unlucky, and that Liverpool had not played as well as the scoreline suggested.


Reflecting on that surreal day, Graeme Souness said that Neville and fellow ex-United skipper Roy Keane were both fuming in the studio post-match - but said that Keane took things far more gracefully than Neville did:

Roy was boiling inside but took it gracefully. He knew his team hadn't turned up, they'd been miserable.

Gary chose to see it that Man United weren't that bad, and Liverpool weren't that good.

We turned up before the game - before we go on the air, there's a bit of banter amongst us. I was asked the question off air - what I though the result would be.

I said, 'I don't know why I think this, but Liverpool will have a really good day today. I think they'll win and they'll win well.'

Half an hour later I was on air and Gary said to me, 'are you going to repeat what you said off air?' I did.

Liverpool did exactly that. After the game, we were up in the studio and there were the four of us - Carra, Gary, and Roy. In one of the breaks, Gary said, 'Liverpool weren't very good today.'

I said, 'well, you called me out before the game and I repeated on air what I was willing to say off air. Are you willing to do the same?' He was reluctant to do it.

Souness remains a club legend at Liverpool from his playing days, and said that seeing his former club win in such unexpectedly spectacular fashion was one of the highlights of his 20-year punditry career.


I have to say, I enjoyed that bit of television as much as any television I've worked on in the last 20 years. My team beat their biggest rivals 7-0. It was a great day for me all round.

Souness was speaking on the Up Front podcast with Simon Jordan.

Since that 7-0 loss, Liverpool and Manchester United have enjoyed differing fortunes, with Liverpool going on an impressive late surge of form to reignite their hopes of snatching a European place for next season.

After a brilliant start under Erik Ten Hag, United have faltered ever since that defeat at Anfield, and are even nervously looking over their shoulder at Liverpool, who could yet claim the final Champions League place.

SEE ALSO: The Bemused Reaction To Liverpool Decision To Play National Anthem At Anfield


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