“That’s the name of the game” – Watch Roy Keane makes a honest verdict about Sadio Mane after Liverpool beat Manchester City in Community Shield
After the Reds’ Community Shield victory over Manchester City on Saturday, former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane praised Liverpool for their replacement of Sadio Mane.
He claimed that even if players come and go, the Reds have recruited adequately to have a sufficient number of choices on the field.
- On Saturday, July 30, at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, the Merseysiders defeated the Cityzens 3-1 in the Community Shield.
Trent Alexander-Arnold gave the Reds the lead, but City’s Julian Alvarez restored parity halfway through the second half.
new signature Darwin Nunez, who cost a club record €100 million to acquire from Benfica, made an impressive debut after coming off the bench.
His header grazed Ruben Dias’ hand, earning a penalty that Mohamed Salah coolly converted.
In extra time, the 23-year-old added Liverpool’s third goal to secure their first Community Shield victory since 2006.
Regarding Nunez’s performance that evening, Keane stated to ITV (as reported by the Daily Star)
“I think when any player comes to the club, no matter the position, they want to settle.
“For the striker, it’s about getting that first goal under your belt. He’s up and running.”
Keane also spoke about Mane, who joined Bayern Munich this summer after six incredible seasons at Anfield.
“Who’s that, Mane? That’s the name of the game, people move on, you’ve got strikers coming in, young striker, hungry, you seen it there – that’s the name of the game.
“The club’s recruitment, great start for the striker, gives them options, when you see these teams, the hunger and desire from both teams is fantastic.”
The former Manchester United player also added that while Liverpool beat Manchester City on the day, both teams are still the ones to beat in the Premier League. Keane said:
“It’s been a good day for Liverpool. A new striker, good habits to get into winning, other teams might be sitting watching this thinking are these teams going to ease off?
“Not with Pep [Guardiola] and [Jurgen] Klopp in charge, the hunger and desire from both teams.
“Klopp got a big smile, looks refreshed, got a new contract – good luck stopping these teams.”
The last five Premier League championships have alternated between Man City and Liverpool, with the Cityzens taking four of them.
After the Reds lost out on the 2021–22 Premier League by one point, the two teams are expected to compete for the championship once more the following season.