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Benitez: Selling Keane Worth the Risk

  • Guardian, Tuesday, February 3, 2009 12:30 PM
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said Tuesday that selling unsettled striker Robbie Keane back to Tottenham Hotspur is a risk worth taking in the best interests of the team, even though it may leave his side short of fire-power should key Spanish forward Fernando Torres suffer any more hamstring injuries.
 
"Sometimes good players cannot settle down in the team and when this happens you have to consider the situation and try to react quickly," said Benítez. "If it is not good for the team then it is better for everyone to make a decision, and because of the situation in the transfer market and for the opportunity for the player we had to do it now."
 
Keane, 28, was reportedly sold for around $21.5 million, compared with the $27.2 million Liverpool paid for him last summer. He has managed just seven goals in 28 appearances. "We still have [Ryan] Babel, [David] Ngog and Dirk Kuyt as well as Torres," said Benitez. "It is a risk but the situation was not good and we needed to do something."

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