x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Benitez happy for Keane

The Liverpool manager is pleased that Robbie Keane has ended his goal drought.

Robbie Keane rounds the West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Scott Carson to score his second goal in Liverpool's win.
Robbie Keane rounds the West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Scott Carson to score his second goal in Liverpool's win.

LIVERPOOL // The return of Fernando Torres, new contract extension talks for manager Rafael Benitez and now Robbie Keane has ended his Premier League goal drought - things are getting better and better for Liverpool. Keane scored twice in the first half to lead Liverpool to a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday night, with Alvaro Arbeloa adding the third in injury time.

By then Keane was off the pitch as he had been taken off in the 72nd minute for Torres, making his first appearance for the title contenders after six games out with a hamstring injury. "After two goals, I was expecting a hat-trick, but in a way, I have to say OK we have to win, it's the most important thing and Torres has to play too," Benitez explained. "And because they were playing really high, Torres could be a big problem for them because of his pace."

Benitez acknowledged the comparisons between Keane and Peter Crouch, now at Portsmouth. Crouch needed 19 games to score his first Liverpool goal, Keane waited 11 for his first Premier League strike. "As soon as he (Crouch) scored, he scored a lot of goals, so hopefully it will be the same with Robbie," Benitez said. "Strikers always think about scoring goals, so I think it was very, very important for him, and OK now hopefully we will see him scoring goals every weekend."

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