Roy Keane has claimed his abusive comments towards Liverpool on BT Sport last week were ‘tongue in cheek’ and that anyone offended should ‘lighten up’.
The Irishman claimed he wouldn’t watch us if we were playing in his back garden and that under Jurgen Klopp, we were going ‘nowhere fast’.
Here’s the comments in question, following our 3-0 WIN v Maribor:
Keane: “They’re going nowhere fast. If Liverpool were playing in my back garden I wouldn't watch them.” 😂😂😂 [itv] pic.twitter.com/yveAanizXm
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) November 2, 2017
In his press-conference before Ireland’s play-off though, he was asked whether he’d overstepped the line.
“It was tongue in cheek,” he said, reported in the Manchester Evening News.
“Anyone who has ever spoken to me about football will tell you the huge respect I have for Liverpool. I grew up watching them in the 80s winning leagues every year.
“My comments were tongue in cheek and hopefully people will see it that way. People should lighten up a little.”
If you watch the clip, you’ll see that it most definitely was not ‘tongue in cheek’.
What annoyed us most though is that he plagiarises Bill Shankly, who first used the garden comment to describe our neighbours Everton.
But really, we’re glad Keane said this stuff, as if we enjoy a good season, which we’re now threatening to, we can play it back on a daily basis.
If we win something, it could become as iconic as Alan Hansen’s ‘You won’t win anything with kids’!