Rafa hopes for striker repeat

10 November 2008 11:39
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes Robbie Keane's Anfield career can mirror aspects of that of former striker Peter Crouch's. Keane opened his Premier League account for the Reds at the 12th time of asking with a double in Saturday's 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion. The £18million summer arrival from Tottenham had taken a while to settle on Merseyside, much like Crouch following his signing from Southampton in 2005. Crouch has since moved on to Portsmouth but, after taking four months to open his Reds account, went on a goalscoring spree which Benitez hopes Keane can repeat. "Robbie was working hard and has been playing well but it is massively important for a striker to score, so it's both good news for him and for us," he told the club's official website. "I think you'll see him get a lot more now. If the team keeps playing well and creating chances there is no reason why he won't get a lot more. It was just a question of time. "You could see the difference in Keane as soon as he scored the first goal. It made a massive difference to him. "I remember talking about Peter Crouch when he first arrived and we were waiting for his first goal. Once he got off the mark, a lot more came and it will be the same with Robbie."

Source: ESA