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Roy's Liverpool View Has Come Long Way Since 'I Wouldn't Watch Them In My Back Garden'

Roy's Liverpool View Has Come Long Way Since 'I Wouldn't Watch Them In My Back Garden'

As Roy Keane and Lee Dixon last night reviewed Liverpool's win against Man City on ITV's Champions League highlights show, comments Keane had made earlier in the season were brought up by presenter Mark Pougatch.

"Win the league and Champions League? No. Liverpool? Forget about it," Keane said back in September following Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Sevilla.

"I think they have enough to get through the groups but the later stages against the Real Madrids and all these boys, they'll be laughing at Liverpool."

"What did I say about that? Was it another line?" was Keane's response to Pougatch.

The defence, that was always the big concern for me at Liverpool. Early in the season, when you look at some of the performances - away at Man City, away at Spurs - you just felt they were going to concede, especially against the bigger teams.

But they've improved over the last six months with the signing [Virgil van Dijk], they've got a settled back four, Robertson has come in and done really well. He's obviously sticking with same goalkeeper now, there's a lot of confidence in the back four. The players deserve huge credit for it.

In December, Keane had further ridiculed Jurgen Klopp's side by saying, "I think if Liverpool were playing out in my back garden, I wouldn't watch them. They're just drifting. Drifting nowhere." He would now surely do so to view Mo Salah, a player he called "unbelievable".

He also agreed that the introduction of Van Dijk to the team has had a ripple effect.

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"That's what really good players do, he's come in and he's been a big presence himself but he's certainly helped the other players around him and that's what the good players do."

Can Liverpool win the Champions League this season? Keane's response was more positive than negative.

"When you look at the start of the campaign, they had an easy group and we kind of wrote them off. Porto, we questioned how good Porto were, but now they have beaten Man City, teams will have to take them seriously because of the goals they are getting.

"I still think that if you're in the Liverpool camp, you'd want to avoid Real Madrid."

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