Keane ripped into Liverpool after their 3-0 Champions League victory over Maribor last week.
“It’s hard to figure out Liverpool at the moment,” Keane told ITV.
“It’s hard to get excited about them, they’re going nowhere fast.
“They’re neat and tidy, but we know what they are like defensively.
“Come the end of the season when the prizes are being given out, Liverpool will be nowhere near.
“At the back, there are question marks over the goalkeeper and there’s not too much about to say them.
“If Liverpool were playing in my back garden, I wouldn’t watch them!
“They’re just drifting nowhere.”
But the United hero insists his comments were nothing to do with his Red Devils past.
“It was tongue in cheek,” Keane said ahead of Republic of Ireland’s play-off clash with Denmark on Saturday.
“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.”
Liverpool currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, four points behind United.
Keane’s old club, meanwhile, sit in second – but eight points behind title favourites and fierce rivals Manchester City.
Published at Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:37:21 +0000