Keane: ‘œI just wanted respect’

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Keane has hinted that he felt he was never given any respect by Reds boss Rafa Benitez during his brief career at Anfield.

Keane only scored 5 times in 19 appearances for Liverpool after his summer £19million move from Tottenham Hotspur. By January he was on his way back to White Hart Lane.

The Republic of Ireland striker believes Benitez played a massive part in his downfall on Merseyside, even suggesting things would have been better with a different boss.

“When you’ve been around for a while as a player, all you want is a bit of respect and to be treated the way you feel you deserve to be,” he told Icon Magazine.

“Of course I wish it had gone differently, but I have no regrets.

“I do believe with a different manager it would have worked for me, but different managers have different methods and some have different ideas than those you are used to or believe in.”

Keane could still play a big part in Liverpool’s season when Spurs come to Anfield on the final day of the Premier League campaign ‘“ May 24th.

But Keane says he bares no grudge against his former Spanish manager. “People have their own opinions of Benitez.

“I have nothing against him and will leave people to make their own minds up about him.”