Robbie Keane hints at broken promises under Rafa Benitez at Liverpool

Premier League hero Robbie Keane has suggested Rafa Benitez went back on his word during their time together art Liverpool.

Keane's six-month stint at Liverpool remains one of the great mysteries of the Premier League, with the Republic of Ireland record breaker failing to show his best at Anfield.

The striker joined the Reds for £19million in 2008, only to be sold back to Tottenham six months later after 28 appearances and seven goals.

At the time Benitez's side were Premier League title challengers, and Keane was seen as someone who could make the difference – but it didn't quite work out.

Now he has lifted the lid on his disappointing spell and attempted to explain why things didn't go as expected.

Speaking to Sky Sports' The Football Show, Keane said: "Rafa is a top manager and he's proven that. I've certainly never said a bad word about him as a manager, I thought he was top.

"I think he was the wrong manager at the wrong time for me. Before that I played at Tottenham, free-flowing football, different managers. We played attacking football.

"When I went there [Liverpool] I was told myself and Torres [would start] and Stevie would drop into the midfield but obviously as it went on I think Rafa liked Stevie playing that no.10.


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