Roy Keane tips Liverpool to retain title after watching Man City draw


Liverpool were resilient against the odds at Manchester City with three key players missing through injury before Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced off

Roy Keane tips Liverpool to retain Premier League title.

Roy Keane heaped praise on Liverpool for their hunger and desire to adapt amidst injuries and believes they're still favourite to retain the Premier League.

The Reds were held by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium without the services of Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara.

Despite being without three key men, Jurgen Klopp was bold with his team selection by playing four forwards as they tried to take the game to City.

It paid off in the opening 30 minutes and they led through Mohamed Salah but City hit back through Gabriel Jesus and missed the chance to lead after Kevin de Bruyne missed a controversially-awarded penalty.

To make matters worse, Trent Alexander-Arnold was substituted with an injury, forcing James Milner to play the last 30 minutes at right-back.

Keane, though was left very impressed by the Reds' willingness to adapt and fight against adversity, which he believes is the real hallmark of champions.

"What I enjoyed most about Liverpool today, as well as their qualities that we know they have and the one or two injuries they have, I always look at teams who have won the league, they have that mindset, the body language, the desire," he told Sky Sports after the game.

"I see a lot of that in this Liverpool team and I still think that it’s going to take a lot to stop this team.

"I know they’re not at their very best, they're grinding out results, but Jurgen Klopp, in his interview, he’s delighted and thinking that they still turned up here today, with their problems and one or two injuries,Trent getting injured, Milner comes in.

"That's what winning championships is about, having setbacks, having disappointments but showing a really strong mentality and I saw that today."

When asked which team he'd have preferred to play for, Keane said: "I spent more time watching the two managers, they spoke about the tactical changes, but their whole demeanour, shouting, what it means to both managers. They are world-class managers who have won big prizes.

"I probably wouldn't want to play for either of them because that would mean I would have to play for Liverpool or Manchester City. The two managers, you talk about teams reflecting your managers, and both teams did well today with their hunger and desire, which we saw from the managers."

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