Keane hits out at critics

Reds ace happy with Arsenal strike

Last Updated: 22/12/08 1:38pm

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Keane celebrates his goal

Keane celebrates his goal

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Liverpool striker Robbie Keane has spoken of his anger at the constant speculation over his future.

Keane's long-term future at Anfield has been the subject of constant conjecture following his failure to hold down a regular place in Rafa Benitez's side since his summer arrival from Tottenham.

Just last week there was considerable confusion about a supposed conversation at a social function between former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson and current captain Steven Gerrard over Keane's future.

Lawrenson initially suggested there was a belief that Keane could be sold in the January transfer window. Gerrard and Liverpool moved to deny the suggestions with Lawrenson later claiming it was his own view and not the Reds captain's.

Keane silenced some of his critics with a superb goal in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sunday and the Republic of Ireland international admits he is frustrated by people outside the club talking about him, and he hopes he is judged on his performances at the end of the season.

Frustrated

"I am not frustrated at all (by the speculation)," said Keane.

"I suppose the only thing that I sometimes get frustrated by is when people outside the football club are talking about things to do with me, because they are trying to create something that is not there.

"I have already said that I know I will score goals for this club and I would prefer to be judged at the end of this season, not in December."

Keane's goal against Arsenal was his fifth for the club in all competitions and the former Spurs ace admitted it was a sweet strike after coming in for plenty of abuse from the Gunners fans before his goal.

"For me, it is always nice to score against Arsenal especially as I had been getting a little bit of stick before the goal," added Keane.

"I suppose that was always going to happen with me being a former Tottenham player so it was sweet for me to score against them.

"But it's always nice to score a goal, particularly when it means you get back into the game."

Pleased
Keane also feels the point could turn out to be a valuable one in the future despite Liverpool failing to make their numerical superiority count after the sending off of Emmanuel Adebayor.

"It was one of those tough games and all in all we have to be pleased with the point we took because Arsenal away is never going to be an easy game for anyone.

"We dominated the game at times but the thing with football is that at times it can be even more difficult to play against 10 men than it is to play against 11.

"That was certainly the case because Arsenal just sat behind the ball and allowed us to have most of the possession but we weren't able to create too many chances.

"I don't think either team had any really big chances apart from the goals."

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