There’s not a whole lot to shout about today, really. A win is a must tonight as Liverpool play Wigan at the JJB Stadium after Manchester United emphatically beat West Brom 5-0 at The Hawthorns to move three points clear at the top of the table last night.
But the matter of the uncertainty of Robbie Keane future still dominates some of the back pages this morning, with five days left of the January transfer window. This morning’s Independent claims Liverpool and Tottenham have met about the possibility of a swap deal involving either Aaron Lennon or Jermaine Jenas going to Anfield, and Keane returning to White Hart Lane. Writes Sam Wallace and Ian Herbert:
There are still many variables at play, the most important being whether Keane, 28, wants to move back to the club that he left for a deal worth around Â£20.3m in the summer. The deal would mean that Liverpool would not have to pay the remaining balance, estimated at Â£11m, due for Keane in the original transfer. The two clubs first raised the possibility on Monday night.
But in the same article, Wallace and Herbert quote Rafa Benitez as saying there will be no more action in the January transfer window for any Liverpool player.
“We have had four or five approaches from different teams for players and the answer’s been the same for them all ‘“ no. We want all our players. We don’t want to sell. Robbie could be one of the ones we had an approach about, I won’t say.”
Andy Hunter of The Guardian also doesn’t expect Keane and Liverpool to give up quite so early. He says that despite offers from Spurs and Manchester City for the out-of-form striker, he expects Keane to stay and fight for his place.
Tottenham Hotspur have inquired about re-signing Keane since his omission from the Liverpool squad to face Everton in the FA Cup on Sunday, just six months after selling the striker for Â£20.3m, while Manchester City have also asked to be kept informed of any willingness at Anfield to sell the 28-year-old. At present, the Liverpool hierarchy are intent on keeping Keane, who remains determined to prove himself at the club he supported as a child.
There’s news today of more Liverpool games to be televised during March. Liverpool vs Sunderland will now be played on Tuesday, 3rd March (8pm), Manchester United vs Liverpool on Saturday, 14th March has been brought back to a 12.45pm kick-off, and Liverpool vs Aston Villa has been rearranged for Sunday, 22nd March (4pm). All three games are to be shown live on Sky Sports.
Wigan have won their last five league games at the JJB Stadium. It’s time for Liverpool to break that record and keep up the pace at the top of the Premier League. The action gets underway at 7.45pm tonight.