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Robbie Keane: Liverpool have staying power to win the title

16 Jan | BY Robbie Keane | MIN READ TIME |
Robbie Keane: Liverpool have staying power to win the title

The Betway ambassador discusses why Darwin Nunez could be key in Liverpool’s title challenge, Spurs’ impressive transfer business and why a winter break is good for the Premier League.

Nunez can fill Liverpool’s Salah void

I think Liverpool have the staying power to win the Premier League. I thought a lot of the new players they bought in the summer would take time to gel, but they’ve settled in well and they’re managing to win games both in the Premier League and in the cups.

Mo Salah is obviously a big loss and, no question, he’s hard to replace, but I think Liverpool can maintain their momentum with the forward players they still have.

Diogo Jota coming back is a big plus for them, and I really like Darwin Nunez. I think he can be a really good player for Liverpool. Of course, he needs to improve in terms of his number of goals, but you can see the fans really respond to his energy and work rate. As a striker, you’re judged on scoring goals, but I’m sure that will come because he’s got everything. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s got pace.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are struggling to score goals. You would think that, with Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah, they would score more. There’s obviously talk about them signing Ivan Toney, but I would see him as a more natural No. 9 who leads the line and makes runs in behind. He could still score goals, but it would cost them a lot of money to get him in January.

Moyes is backing up his success at West Ham

I think David Moyes has done a great job at West Ham. What he did last season – winning a European competition, something West Ham haven’t done for a long time – was an incredible achievement. He’s a really good manager, he’s been around the block and he’s doing incredibly well to keep West Ham where they are this season. I can see them can see them challenging for a European spot again.

David has definitely earned the right to manage the club going forward. Ultimately, the fans want you to finish as high as possible in the Premier League. With him as the manager I’m sure they’ll have a good season and finish high up the table.

For me, the key player for West Ham is Jarrod Bowen. He’s just getting better and better every year. With the goals he’s scoring and his assists, he’s becoming a real talisman for them.

More good transfer business for Spurs

The signing of the season has been Tottenham goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario. Nobody knew too much about him before he joined, but I think he’s been really solid. He brings a real calmness to Spurs, he’s great with his feet and pulls off some great saves.

Timo Werner is Spurs’ newest signing and, with the way that they play, I think he could be a good fit because he’s quick and can play anywhere across the front three. Sometimes they may play him on the left and release Son as the No. 9, as they did at the start of the season. He’ll bring a bit of energy and pace to the team.

I really like Connor Gallagher, and think he’d also be a good fit for Spurs if Chelsea would let him go. He’s got a lot of energy and he seems a great pro, given that he’s only a young player and is already their third-choice captain. I’d be surprised if Chelsea let him go unless it’s for financial reasons.

Eric Dier, meanwhile, has left Spurs. He’s been a great servant to the club. He has never been a problem and has always kept his head down and just got on with things, wherever he’s been asked to play. He was very good in a back three under Mauricio Pochettino but, unfortunately, he hasn’t played as much recently. Now he’s gone to Bayern Munich with his mate, Harry Kane, so I wish him the best of luck, and say well done for what he did for Spurs.

Bournemouth impressive ahead of much-needed winter break

I think the in-form team of the Christmas period was Bournemouth. They’ve been very good, beating both Manchester United and Fulham 3-0. They’re definitely a team that likes to attack and score goals.

I’m a fan of the current winter break. It’s a hectic period over Christmas, and the players need to recharge their batteries. I’d definitely have preferred to have had a winter break as a player.

With the numbers of games that are played now – especially when you’re in Europe and have cup games – it can be tough, and that’s usually when you pick up little muscle injuries. You’re always concerned about the number of injuries in the Premier League, and that’s why the break is good. I think it’s important for the players both mentally and physically.

It couldn’t be going better for Maccabi Tel Aviv

Things have been going great here. We’re top of the league, in the last 16 of the Europa Conference League and we’re in the Toto Cup final, so it couldn’t be going any better. I’m really enjoying coaching and managing.

The most enjoyable result to date was beating Gent away from home in the Conference League, considering the team that they are and the budget that they have. We had to win to finish top of the group, and to end up winning 3-1 was a credit to the players. We dominated the game and it was probably our best performance.

I almost hate to say it, but our target is just to win the next game and maintain the form that we’re in. I don’t like to look too far ahead, because I’ve been around the game long enough to know that anything can change in football. We’ll just take each game as it comes and keep the players’ feet on the ground.

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Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane

Republic of Ireland's all-time record goalscorer who also scored 355 goals in 737 club appearances.

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane

Republic of Ireland's all-time record goalscorer who also scored 355 goals in 737 club appearances.