How Did It Go So Wrong For Robbie Keane?

As he looked out of the window of his car this afternoon as it sped towards White Hart Lane, a successful medical and a return to Tottenham Hotspur, Robbie Keane must have taken a few moments to review the last six months of his life. Where did it go wrong? How did he go from a move to the club that he supported as a boy, the Champions League and the possibility of leading the Liverpool front line with Fernando Torres to their first league championship since 1990 to Spurs and a battle against relegation that may yet end unsuccessfully? The appeal of the move to Keane is obvious. What Liverpool hoped to get from it all is considerably less certain. Only a hopeless optimist would attempt to claim that Keane played well for Liverpool. However, there are reasons for believing that he didn’t get the rub of the green at Anfield. Rafael Benitez occasionally seemed hell bent on not picking him (leaving him, for example, on the substitutes bench the week after he scored at The Emirates Stadium against Arsenal) and the rumours coming out of Liverpool seem to indicate that Keane was one part of a double transfer attempt by Benitez involving Gareth Barry that went wrong. It’s certainly not an implausible argument to suggest that, had he been given a bit of time to bed in...

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