Keane earns Redknapp praise

23 May 2009 12:21
Harry Redknapp has told Robbie Keane he has nothing to prove when Tottenham face Liverpool on Sunday. The Republic of Ireland international spent the first half of the season at Anfield before returning to Spurs in the winter transfer window. Rafa Benitez decided to let Keane go after failing to find room for him in the side on a regular basis, with the 28-year-old unable to make much impact when he was included. It was still surprising when Keane made the move back to White Hart Lane but Redknapp has refused to criticise Benitez. The Spurs boss is delighted to have the player at his disposal and believes he has made a vital contribution over the past few months. But looking ahead to the final game of the season, Redknapp told the Daily Star: "Robbie doesn't have anything to prove. He's back at Tottenham now, it was part of his life and it didn't work out at Liverpool for whatever reason. "He's back here now, he's done great for us and helped us to push up the table to where we are. "It's a game of opinions. I can't criticise Rafa for what he did, it's his club and he picks the team. "Rafa Benitez has made more right decisions than wrong, that's for sure. He's got a team that has only lost two games all year and he didn't see Robbie as part of his plans." Hodgson voteTottenham need to beat Liverpool to have any chance of securing the final Europa League spot, but even then they will be relying on Fulham to lose to Everton. Redknapp is full of admiration for Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson and has tipped him to win the Manager of the Year award. "Roy has done a fantastic job and they must be red-hot favourites. We've got to do what no-one else has done this season - win at Anfield," said Redknapp. "We've had a good season but my vote would go to Roy Hodgson. "He took them from fourth bottom last season when they had to win their last game of the season to stay up, and now they will probably get a European spot unless we can knock that out of the way on Sunday."

Source: SKY_Sports