Roy Keane was right about Liverpool, but now it’s time to reveal Man City boss Pep Guardiola wrong


The Merseyside derby was not a great show, but who were your outstanding performers in the red? I don’t think you can look beyond Alisson our best player really – without him, we would certainly have left Goodison with nothing.

I think we almost take it for granted, sometimes, with nothing to do all game he would have been able to easily lose concentration, but he came up trumps for us in the last 10 minutes with a few massive saves. It has been the difference in many games since his arrival.

Naby Keita looked strong and lively and had some great link-up play. He seemed to be involved in every Liverpool attack and hopefully he can kick on from this performance over the course of the next few games.

Takumi Minamino is doing very well in the first half, but that it does not need to be played centrally to showcase his abilities?

When he came in, I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t know much about him and hadn’t seen him play much, apart from that, an incredible performance for the Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield.

From what I’ve seen so far, I imagine Minamino is the most suited to a central position. It sticks really well and often wins the ball in the opposition half of our best chance in the match against Everton comes from him smartly dispossessing them of André Gomes.

I can’t see him dislodge Roberto Firmino, any time soon, but it is certainly a good return and his versatility and ability to play as a second striker and on the wing will certainly be a great help for Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool picked up a couple of injuries in the game – are you concerned and does that increase your desire to see a signing this summer at all?

I’m not really concerned, to be honest. We have good reinforcements throughout the team and I think you just have to accept the fact that we’re never going to be a financial powerhouse like the City Man, who can afford to have seven superstars on the bench.

We have a good number of young people coming through and I’d like to see be given a chance.

Rhian Brewster has done well while on loan at Swansea, and there is a lot of publicity around him for as long as I can remember, so it will be interesting to see how he starts next year.

Harvey Elliott looks like a real talent, as does Neco Williams, and I think they both have a role to play in the rest of the season.

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If we are going to make a signing this summer, I wouldn’t be surprised if we bring in a left back as an understudy to Andrew Robertson.

Yasser Larouci looks ok, but I’m not sure how I would feel about him starting a string of games if Robertson were to pick up a serious injury.

Liverpool could yet their league title was confirmed without play if Chelsea do the Reds a favour. It is likely, and what are your thoughts on this scenario?

I think it could certainly happen. It would be entirely appropriate way to do it would be, as you all know, Chelsea fans would have wanted to puke, to their minute of participation in us of winning the league.

I’m not really bothered by the situation to be honest. If things were different, and we had crowds at the games then I would love to see the Reds win at Anfield, I think that would be a beautiful moment.

At 26 years old, like many Reds, I’ve never seen win the league, so I think that after 30 years of pain that Anfield crowd will be electric, and the scenes would have been incredible.

But it is not supposed to be this way this year, which is a huge shame, but in a sense, I’m just glad the Premier League has decided to continue with the season, so we have the chance to win and not to have passed.

Roy Keane has made his feelings about Liverpool clear after the match – is it right?

I think that in a sense, he is right in what he says. This team is fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but if Jurgen leaves in 2024, when his contract is up, and we had only won the league once, would he be happy? Would we as fans be happy? Probably not…

We have had success in the past and really struggled to kick it. You have the feeling that this group of players and this team is different, and Jurgen don’t let their hunger for success to appease.

Pep Guardiola said that, there may be a seven-team race for the title next season. Agree?

I’m not too sure… I think that Pep is on his back slightly. For me, Liverpool and City are the two best teams in the league and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

The city has not really been this year, which is understandable considering how long they have been at the top of their game.

They will be desperate to reclaim their crown the next season so I’m expecting a completely different side with a different mentality when the 2020/21 campaign begins.

For the rest, I can’t see any of them difficult. Chelsea are probably most likely the case, and they seem to be investing well, having already made good signings.

But I don’t think their defence is strong enough to fight for the title. Every time I look at them they look like they could collapse at any time, and until the back four is improved I think he will stay two horses of the race.

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Nothing else to report, apart from the fact that the Reds are 20 points at the top and on the point to be crowned premier League champions for the first time in my life. Enjoy your week of Red!


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