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Robbie Keane Fan Club
- Some Spurs fans will feel I let them down by leaving, but I can assure them I shall be giving my all
- Me, Myself, and I
- Created by Francis Creaven, July 28th 2008
Robbie Keane is a striker currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur FC. He re-joined Tottenham from Liverpool for a fee of £12 million on transfer deadline day in 2009. After a difficult spell at Liverpool, Robbie decided to rejoin his former club. Throughout his career, Robbie has scored over 150 goals in his career, and has been sold for over a combined total of £70 million during his professional career. He has also enjoyed spells at Wolves, Coventry, Inter & Leeds United in his career. At International level, Robbie is currently captain, having scored 35 times in 85 caps. He is hoping to lead a re-juvenated Ireland squad to the World Cup in South Africa 2010
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Sammy Lee praised the quality of Robbie Keane after the striker's brace kept Liverpool top of the Barclays Premier League with an emphatic 3-0 win over Bolton at Anfield.
The Reds assistant manager was delighted with the home side's overall display and was quick to hail the number seven's contribution.
"It's always nice to see Liverpool players score goals, whether it's Robbie Keane, Dirk Kuyt or Sami Hyypia," he said.
"Robbie's been working tirelessly and he's kept on going. We know the quality of the lad, that's why we brought him here.
"If you speak to him he may give you a better answer, but for me, he's never been lacking in confidence.
"We've had no doubts in Robbie's ability. His work rate and commitment and what he adds to this club is immense. We've had no doubts about him. We know what he's capable of."
The Reds had drawn their previous three league matches at Anfield prior to the victory over the Trotters and the assistant manager was delighted to see them pick up the three points and put an end to that run.
"It's always important to win at home," he said.
"We've tried not to get hung up about our recent home performances because you have to give credit to the opposition. But it's always nice to win, particularly at home.
"The patience and quality in our play was paramount. The crowd's patience was also impressive. They were with us all the way. They realised what we were trying to do, passing the ball and using the width of the pitch to create chances."
Lee also admitted that the Reds' impressive win was the perfect tonic for boss Rafael Benitez who maintained overall control of the side despite watching from the directors' box.
"Throughout his illness he's been in total control," he said. "It's the measure of the man that in spite of his pain, he had total control of everything that was going on.
"He's put a great team in place to implement his plan. So if he's not there, we still have a plan. But it was nice to have him back in today."
Liverpool now head to the North-East to face Newcastle United in our final match of 2008 at St James' Park.
A win would guarantee the Reds of top spot as they head into the New Year but Lee is refusing to get carried away.
"It's very important to be top," he said. "We prepare to be top and it's nice to be top going into the clash with Newcastle. Hopefully we'll recover in time. We know it will be a difficult task but we are looking forward to it.
"We can't get carried away because it's only December. But it's nice to go into the last match of the season against Newcastle in this position and it is pleasing. It shows our improvement. We are top at this moment but know it will be difficult going to Newcastle
"We prepare to try and win games. If we win more than the other teams then hopefully we can win trophies, that's the nature of our club - to win."
When asked about the likely return to action of Fernando Torres, he added: "When he's ready we'll decide when we will put him in. He's working hard on his rehabilitation."
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Robbie Keane reflected on his superb strike in the 1-1 draw at Arsenal and declared:
"Judge me at the end of the season."
The Irish international earned the Reds a point at the Emirates with his fifth goal of the campaign and later dismissed suggestions that he has endured an unhappy spell since arriving at Anfield in the summer.
"I'm not frustrated at all," he said. "I suppose the only thing that I sometimes get frustrated by is when people outside the football club are talking about things to do with me because they are trying to create something that's not there.
"I've already said that I know I will score goals for this club and I would prefer to be judged at the end of this season, not in December."
Keane's audacious drive just prior to the interval dragged Liverpool level after Robin Van Persie had threatened to inflict only a second league defeat of the season on the Reds.
The former Spurs forward believes it was an important point for Rafael Benitez’s men and admitted it was particularly sweet to find the net against his old rivals.
"For me, it's always nice to score against Arsenal especially as I'd been getting a little bit of stick before the goal," he said.
"I suppose that was always going to happen with me being a former Tottenham player so it was sweet for me to score against them.
"But it's always nice to score a goal, particularly when it means you get back into the game.
"It was important for us to equalise when we did because it can become more difficult to get back on level terms the longer the game goes on.
"But we responded in exactly the right way to going a goal down and from that point we could have gone on and won."
He added: "It was one of those tough games and all in all we have to be pleased with the point we took because Arsenal away is never going to be an easy game for anyone.
"We dominated the game at times but the thing with football is that at times it can be even more difficult to play against ten men than it is to play against eleven.
"That was certainly the case because Arsenal just sat behind the ball and allowed us to have most of the possession but we weren't able to create too many chances.
"I don't think either team had any really big chances apart from the goals."
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Robbie Keane hopes he can repay the Anfield faithful's fantastic support by embarking on a goal-spree.
The Reds striker netted his first for the club in the midweek success against PSV Eindhoven and he is now aiming to show both fans and teammates alike just what he is capable of.
"From the moment I came here the support I have had has been incredible – both from the players and the fans," he said.
"The fans have been fantastic with me from day one and hopefully the goal against PSV paid them back a little bit but hopefully there will be a lot more goals to come.
"As a player you have to have confidence in yourself and belief in yourself and I always knew the goals would come but it is nice to stop people talking about it."
The signs that Keane was edging closer to his best form were evident last weekend when he played a pivotal role in the 2-0 win over neighbours Everton.
He admits the Merseyside derby was something of a turning point and that his double assist gave him the confidence to go on and break his duck.
He said: "I always felt confident and I knew it was only a matter of time but it was important for me to feel I was making a contribution.
"The win over Everton was all about Fernando but I'd like to feel that I played my part as well. You pick up more confidence when you're contributing to the team and that was one of the reasons why I felt good and got my goal against PSV."
The Republic of Ireland international will now head into today's clash with Manchester City determined to help the Reds continue their unbeaten start to the season – althouggh he is well aware of the threat Mark Hughes’ new-look City will pose.
He added: "We know it will be difficult because City are always hard to beat on their own ground and there is a lot of excitement there at the moment. But we've got to impose our game on them and hopefully come away with another three points."
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