Robbie Keane, one of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of the Premier League, has joined Liverpool from Spurs for £19 million, which could increase to £20.3 million depending on appearances.
The move is an excellent coup for Liverpool who are desperate for a proven striker to partner Fernando Torres up front. The skilfull Irishman is the perfect spark that the Reds need to put away those golden chances that players such as Kuyt and Voronin typically miss.
While £19 million is a lot of money for a 28-year old striker, Liverpool fans can guarantee that Robbie Keane will explode for the Reds in two ways: (1) on the pitch, in the form of goals, and (2) with his infamous temper tantrums aimed at his managers.
The challenge for Liverpool will be to keep Keane content at the Merseyside club. This is the type of player who is so passionate about playing that he often gets into a rage when substituted. With Liverpool often playing a 4-5-1 and Torres as the preferred striker, it makes you wonder how soon it’ll be before we see Keane’s fiery temper and whether the striker can shake off the reality of not continually being one of the eleven Liverpool starters.
Tottenham has already distanced itself from the transfer deal in order to quel the expected fury of Spurs fans. In a letter on its website, Tottenham chairman David Levy said, “I don’t regard it as a transfer deal – that is something which happens between two clubs when they both agree to trade – this is very much an enforced sale, for which we have agreed a sum of £19m as compensation plus a potential further £1.3m in additional compensation.”
In addition to paying Tottenham £19 million for Keane, Liverpool FC has acknowledged that the way its website reported comments of its manager, which were widely covered by the media, was inappropriate and in light of that acknowledgement has apologised and agreed to make a donation to the Club’s main charity, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
Now that Keane has officially joined Liverpool, Tottenham fans will be expecting the north London club to acquire a world-class striker to replace the Irishman. Spurs fans will also be nervous about the future of Dimitar Berbatov and whether the Bulgarian will be staying at White Hart Lane or not.
Just as the transfer of Paul Robinson from Tottenham to Blackburn was in the best interest of Robinson, the move for Keane to Liverpool is a smart move for the Irish striker. He has the potential to quickly become a Kop favorite as well as playing in the Champions League this season — something he was unable to do at Spurs.