Robbie Keane has filled his boyhood dreams of putting on the red shirt of Liverpool. Tottenham will undoubtedly, be angry and produce a sense of annoyance to unify their captain to remain as the foremost scanner in the Spurs workshop.
Now his departure has left a huge hole, not only in the Tottenham starting eleven but also in the changing room. For the past six years, it seemed that he was Spurs and Spurs was he. Now he joins Liverpool to see if he can fulfil lifelong ambitions.
Keane has the chance to give fill his utmost fantasy, winning silverware for the Reds this season. Rafael Benitez had made a shrewd buy in Keane as he sees Keane as the perfect foil for Fernando Torres in attack to make Liverpool to provide strides forward in the exasperating pursuit of the title.
Liverpool has failed to lift the precious Premiership title since 1990 and that has been too far long for a team of Liverpool’s stature.
With Keane playing with Torres, it will free up captain Steven Gerrard to take his role back in his favoured centre midfield position where Benitez feels he would be the most effective.
Signing Keane is a great statement for Liverpool as the fellow ‘big four’ contenders have struggled to improve their squads as of yet.
Manchester United are still pottering around inadequately with the Cristiano Ronaldo pathetic saga. They have not been able to improve their squad as such and losing Carlos Quintez would be a devastating for the champions as he masterminded the new formed attack and how to get the best out of the players.
Chelsea, again, goes in the season unsettled and unsure whether all players will be on Phil Scolari side. He, in contrast to Avram Grant, is a massive personality and I see major clashes within the squad. Frank Lampard, who is normally so vocal, has been profusely quiet this pre-season as he is not sure whether Chelsea can have the same influence on his career. As for their squad, Deco is the only player of note joining this summer. He will improve them but again this is only a short-term solution, he did lose his effectiveness for Barcelona and they were happy to see him go.
As for Arsenal, the lost of Mathieu Flamini and Alexander Hleb will be a blow but I believe the enhancement of the young players will see Arsenal having a successful season by all accounts. Cesc Fabergas will be as effective as ever and with Robin Van Persie back from injury they can rely on his goals and his general game play. Theo Walcott will emerge promptly this season, as Aaron Ramsey will be used sparsely but effectively. If Kolo Toure and William Gallas can form a decent partnership and perform constantly, Arsenal will have the perfect platform to produce the basis of great football. A centre midfielder may be essential to be fully comfortable in all areas.
With Liverpool, they have signed two new full back in Degan, Dossena who will provided healthy competition for places, and their pursuit of Gareth Barry is not yet over.
I just believe Liverpool carry momentum into the new season and if they have a good start and Benitez does not get swamped with rotation they will be successfully.
Robbie Keane may be the missing jigsaw piece for the Benitez Revolution to take full effect.