Real Madrid lock horns with Liverpool next week in what is possibly the pick of the Champions League last sixteen ties. Although the Reds will have Steven Gerrard back from a hamstring injury, there appears to be someone breathing a sigh of relief that they let a certain forward leave during the January transfer window.
ESPN reports that Juande Ramos is mystified by Liverpool’s decision to sell Robbie Keane just months after splashing out on the Irishman, with the Spaniard having managed Keane last season at White Hart Lane. The manager’s reward for messing up earlier in the season was to land the gig at the Bernabeu, and he can’t seem to understand why the Merseyside club have cut their losses in such a way.
Ramos said: “You can’t tell me Robbie will not score goals at a top club.
“He’s definitely a match winner for any club and if he were still at Liverpool, I would be telling my defenders to watch for him.
“It was a lot of money to lose on Robbie over such a short space of time – especially in this market,” Ramos said. “Let’s put it this way. I wouldn’t want to lose that amount of money on one player.”
“Maybe Liverpool should have kept Robbie until at least the summer to give him more time and try and get the right price for him when there was more time to do so!”
Indeed, does the loss of Keane limit Liverpool as far as attacking options are concerned. If Real Madrid manage to get a handle on Fernando Torres, denying him a supply line directly from Steven Gerrard, the Reds don’t amount to much going forward. Dirk Kuyt is fairly predictable, Ryan Babel is unpredictable (but not in a good way) and David Ngog is unproven. Will they come a cropper against the Spanish champions next week?