Liverpool Fan Hits Back At Roy Keane's 'Bad Champions' Dig With Thread
One Liverpool fan has hit back at Roy Keane after the former Manchester United midfielder claimed Liverpool were 'bad champions,' by producing a thread of when a similar fate befell Keane and United.
Many believe that Liverpool's title defence ended on Sunday evening, with Manchester City's 4-1 win at Anfield leaving their rivals 10 points behind having played a game more.
The loss left Keane seething in the Sky Sports studio at how Jurgen Klopp's side had gone about their title defence, from winning the Premier League by 17 points to being so far behind in just a number of months.
The former United midfielder claimed that Klopp's side were 'bad champions' and also had a go at the 'excuses' he's heard for their underperforming.
One Liverpool fan has hit back with a thread showing when Keane and United lost Rio Ferdinand to an eight point suspension, comparing it to his side losing Virgil van Dijk through injury.
In December 2003, reigning champions Manchester United are sitting at the top of the table when news breaks out that Centre Back Rio Ferdinand will be serving an 8-month ban for failure or refusal to take a drug test. pic.twitter.com/chcf317H4Q- Jay (@Thiago6lcantara) February 9, 2021
Manchester United go in to their 22nd league game, vs a Wolves side in 19th, 1 point ahead of title challengers Arsenal and 5 clear of Chelsea. United average 2.38 points a game collecting 50 points from 21 games - much improved from the previous year where they were champions. pic.twitter.com/wIBY6exEMs- Jay (@Thiago6lcantara) February 9, 2021
In the game vs Wolves, Rio Ferdinand gets a knee injury and is replaced in the 50th minute in what is his last game before starting his lengthy suspension. Champions Manchester United concede 16 minutes later and lose the game 1-0. pic.twitter.com/wK74PqNhib- Jay (@Thiago6lcantara) February 9, 2021
Champions Manchester United managed to edge a win in their next couple games before going on a run of 4 wins in 13 games. This included a humiliating 1-4 loss against local rivals Manchester City - who finished 16th. pic.twitter.com/nzuCUBxbJ6- Jay (@Thiago6lcantara) February 9, 2021
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Champions Manchester United finished the season 15 points behind the eventual champions Arsenal after averaging 1.47 points per game in their final 17 games of the league season. pic.twitter.com/qF892Dp4gi- Jay (@Thiago6lcantara) February 9, 2021
Manchester United were also knocked out in the round of 16 in the Champions league after club captain Roy Keane was sent off in the 1-2 first leg loss to Porto. Keane subsequently missed the second leg as his team exited the competition. pic.twitter.com/nZ5KLynqNC- Jay (@Thiago6lcantara) February 9, 2021
In Roy Keane's own words, as stated in his autobiography in regards to Rio Ferdinands' absence: 'We missed him, especially in the second half of the season when the crunch games were coming up' and 'ultimately, the team suffered'. pic.twitter.com/oWI55yeM6n- Jay (@Thiago6lcantara) February 9, 2021
O'Shea: 'It would probably have been the most points we'd ever have got in the Premiership' [had Rio Ferdinand played]- Jay (@Thiago6lcantara) February 9, 2021
G Neville referred to the moment Rio goes off vs Wolves as the turning point in their season as 'it was a big loss and from thereon-in the confidence dropped.' pic.twitter.com/Zfs7jfObwy
It appears to me that either missing important players in key positions does affect a teams performance/results and not everything is about 'poor mentality' or Roy Keane is an expert with first hand experience of being a 'bad champion'.- Jay (@Thiago6lcantara) February 9, 2021
End of thread. pic.twitter.com/Nqc2asTy40
The tweeters last point about missing players is a good one, with the Reds also being without Joe Gomez and now Joel Matip for the rest of the season.
Klopp has been forced to play Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in defence, also effecting his midfield, although on the weekend neither of his two new central defensive signings played.
Ever Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who managed Keane to his league titles, said it was harder to retain the league than win it the first time.
Where the Liverpool fan's criticism might fall down is the fact that Keane would probably agree that United were bad champions in 2003, based on the evidence, and he has three back-to-back title winning occasions out of his seven wins as evidence, including three titles won in-a-row.
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