Roy Keane is full of praise for Jurgen Klopp’s ‘outstanding’ Liverpool side, but feels they still have a lot to prove to count themselves as a ‘really good team.’
The Reds returned to Premier League action on Sunday evening as they played out a dull 0-0 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
The stalemate takes them 23 points clear at the top of the table with just eight games to play as they edge closer to their first Premier League title.
Keane is thoroughly impressed with the consistency Liverpool have shown over the last two seasons, which has seen them lose just two games over the two campaigns, but the Irishman believes they still have to show this over a much longer period.
One title is not enough for the man who lifted the Premier League trophy seven times, and says Liverpool must create an era of dominance to really prove themselves.
‘I’m certainly not anti-Liverpool,’ Keane told the Irish Independent. ‘When I was growing up in the ’80s, Liverpool were obviously a brilliant team and I had a lot of respect for players like Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton.
‘People will always connect me with United, but I would never begrudge a team winning the league. They deserve it.
‘They have been outstanding over the last couple of seasons. The sign of any good team is to be consistent, and that’s what they’ve been.
‘I think the industry is quick to hand out credit. It’s about what Liverpool do after winning it. Teams have had good seasons and faded away. So, to win the title is amazing, a fantastic achievement.
‘But the important thing for any big club is to kick on. How many titles can they win over the next five, 10 years? That’s how I judge the really good teams.
‘It’s the same with players. I’ve seen players have one or two good seasons and they get a bit giddy, a bit excited. And before you know it, you don’t hear of them any more.’
Manchester City continue their doomed chase of Liverpool on Monday night when they host Burnley at the Etihad as they look to trim their deficit to 20 points at the top of the division.
Assuming Pep Guardiola’s men beat the Clarets, they will be 20 points behind with 24 still to play for.
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