By 90Min
October 02, 2017

Things never quite worked out for former Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane during his time at Liverpool, and now - thanks to an interview the 37-year-old gave to Scottish writer Graham Hunter (via Pundit Arena) - the true reason to why his career nosedived on Merseyside has been revealed.

The Reds' boss at the time was Rafa Benitez, and Keane - who as it is known is a clinical centre-forward - was used in an experimental fashion by the Spanish manager, a clueless attitude which somewhat baffled the distinguished offensive veteran.

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“He wanted to change me to a left winger and I mean I am clearly not a left winger, and that is obviously clear for everyone to see." He said.

“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.”

But, despite being deployed in an alien role by Benitez, the Dubliner does respect him as a manager, lauding him as one of the best he had worked with in his career.

Keane proceeded to add: “Of course I respect every manager I’ve worked with. They all have their ideas, different ideas, and whether I agree with them it doesn’t matter.

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“I’m not a left-winger, as we’ve established from 20 years of playing football, but tactically he was probably one of the best I’ve worked with – he knows the game inside out.

“But 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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