Monday Aug 01, 2022. 10:00
Premier League pundit Roy Keane believes Liverpool fans have already forgotten about Sadio Mane thanks to new signing Darwin Nunez.
Senegalese star Mane left the Reds for Bayern Munich in this off season, but the Merseyside club have a potential superstar in the shape of Nunez, who scored the final goal in a 3-1 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield this past weekend.
“I think when any player comes to the club, no matter the position, they want to settle. For the striker, it’s about getting that first goal under your belt,” explained Keane on ITV.
“He’s up and running. Who’s that, Mane? That’s the name of the game, people move on, you’ve got strikers coming in, young striker, hungry, you saw it there.
“That’s the name of the game. The club’s recruitment, great start for the striker, gives them options, when you see these teams, the hunger and desire from both teams is fantastic. It’s been a good day for Liverpool.
“A new striker, good habits to get into winning, other teams might be sitting watching this thinking are these teams going to ease off?
“Not with Pep [Guardiola] and [Jurgen] Klopp in charge, the hunger and desire from both teams. Klopp got a big smile, looks refreshed, got a new contract – good luck stopping these teams.”
Keane has also been asked which teams – if any – can challenge Liverpool and Man City this term. The former Manchester United captain has written off the Red Devils, but feels Tottenham Hotspur could spring a surprise.
“I look around the Premier League and Tottenham are the one team that will think they can get in the mix this season, but Liverpool and City are a class apart,” Keane added.
“Spurs might be closest to them this year, but Manchester United? I just don’t see it. I hope they prove me wrong, but they don’t look good enough for me.”