Benitez defends decision to offload Keane

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez today defended his decision to offload Robbie Keane. The Spaniard told reporters that he decided to sell the 28-year-old Ireland striker back to Spurs because he had failed to settle at Anfield. Keane joined the Reds during the summer for £20.3m but was sold back to Tottenham yesterday for a fee of £15m after just 28 appearances for the club he supported as a boy.

Speaking of the decision to sell Keane at a loss, Benitez said: "Sometimes good players cannot settle down in the team and when this happens you have to consider the situation and try to react quickly."

The Spaniard also claimed that selling the Republic of Ireland captain was good for the team: "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. I have to analyse things and try to look at the bigger picture and this means thinking of the club and the team and what is best for them."

Despite Liverpool's threadbare forward line, Benitez insisted that he still has enough fire power in his squad to challenge for the title: "We still have Babel, Ngog and Kuyt as well as Torres. It is a risk, but the situation was not good and we needed to do something."

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