Sunday, September 21, 2008

Robbie Keane another Shevchenko?

"His goal will come".... "Once he scored he will keep scoring". "He will become a super star and form a formidable partnership with Fernando Torres"..... However, for now, I can't see that is going to happen for Liverpool's new GB20 million striker Robbie Keane. He is yet to score a single goal for Liverpool since his arrival and that streak has stretched to 8 matches. The new star striker for Liverpool reminds me about Sheva in Chelsea not long ago. Where the Ukrainian performed poorly for the Blues that does not worth his sky high price.

Robbie Keane was tipped to open his account against newly promoted Stoke City. He actually had his chance to score but he took them poorly. Also, Liverpool could have won all their EPL matches if he performs at his level. In the game against Aston Villa where ended o-o, Robbie Keane was clean through in an 1 on 1 situation with the keeper in the second half. He could have controlled the ball and finished it to win the game but he waited and waited for the ball to bounce and the ball was cleared by a Villa player in the end. I was surprised he wasn't confident in front of the goal, he did not take his chances confidently in the games so far and also wasted a couple of opportunity in the game against Stoke.

So, how can he find his form and confidence back? How long will he take to actually adapt to the style of Liverpool? In my opinion, he is now really unsure of a place in Liverpool's starting line up unless he starts scoring. Andriy Shevchenco in Chelsea was a good example. He definitely won't want to spend his time on the bench and being criticized for the remaining season. As we can see Rafa Benitez has a lot of faith in Dirk Kuyt and started him almost every match, Ryan Babel is also another option to play as second striker behind Torres.