Keane shrugs off form and speculation

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Liverpool striker Robbie Keane has dismissed reports that he will leave the club in January after failing to make an impact since his £19million summer move from Tottenham Hotspur.

The Republic of Ireland international has scored just four times since joining the club, causing speculation regarding his future at Anfield.

But Keane, who has the backing of manager Rafa Benitez, believes he will find his goalscoring touch again soon and rubbished speculation linking him with an imminent transfer.

He said, “I’m confident in my own ability and I know I’ll score a lot of goals for this club.

“I’m not worried about it so I don’t think anyone else should be. I know there’s a lot more to come from me.”

Although he didn’t find the back of the net, Keane impressed during last night’s 1-3 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League which secured the Reds top spot in the group stage.

After the game he replied to suggestions that he would quit the club. He told the BBC, “I’m not being big-headed but I’ve scored a lot of goals in the last 10 years and it’s not just going to go away like that.

“I never get down about things. Some players get their head down and cry but I’m too mentally strong for that.

“I’ve only been here a few months and sometimes it does take a little time to settle in. I prefer to be judged a little further down the line than now.”