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Benitez sure Keane will deliver

Robbie Keane
Keane has only scored in one Premier League game this season

Rafael Benitez admitted he has yet to see the best of Robbie Keane after the striker was taken off for the 15th time this season in the draw with West Ham.

Keane arrived at Anfield for a 20.3m fee from Tottenham in July but has only scored four times and completed the full 90 minutes on three occasions.

Benitez said: "Robbie is a better player than the one we are seeing now.

"He gets disappointed when things are not going his way. He is a worker but can improve. He will be OK."

The Irishman was replaced after 66 minutes by 19-year-old French striker David Ngog on Monday as Liverpool chased the win that would have moved them three points clear in the Premier League.

Benitez added: "Robbie was disappointed when he came off. But players always want to be on the pitch for 90 minutes.

"We know what kind of player Robbie Keane is. He needs people around him to pass the ball well.

"He will score more if we create chances for him. If that does not happen, we have to use players with different qualities to open up the game."

see also
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