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sport news Roy Keane tells Liverpool fans to 'lighten up'

Roy Keane has told Liverpool supporters to 'lighten up' after he said he would not watch their team if they were playing in his back garden.

The former captain returned a damning assessment of Jurgen Klopp's side following their 3-0 win over Maribor in the Champions League last week.

In role as an ITV pundit, Keane said: 'I think it's hard to get excited about them. To me, they are going nowhere fast.

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has claimed comments that he 'wouldn't watch Liverpool if they played in his back garden' were just 'tongue-in-cheek'

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has claimed comments that he 'wouldn't watch Liverpool if they played in his back garden' were just 'tongue-in-cheek'

The Manchester United legend was working as a Champions League pundit for ITV when he made the remarks that Liverpool were 'drifting nowhere' and won't win any trophies

The legend was working as a Champions League pundit for ITV when he made the remarks that Liverpool were 'drifting nowhere' and won't win any trophies

Keane and Ireland manager Martin O'Neill watch training ahead of their play-off with Denmark

Keane and Ireland manager Martin O'Neill watch training ahead of their play-off with Denmark

'Again, they're neat and tidy, but come the end of the season when the prizes are being given out, Liverpool will be nowhere near them. They're just drifting. Drifting nowhere.

'I think if Liverpool were playing out in my back garden, I wouldn't watch them.'

It sparked an angry reaction from fans of the Anfield club, but Keane has attempted to play down the feud.

'It was tongue in cheek,' said Keane, speaking ahead of Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off against Denmark this weekend.

'Anyone who has ever spoken to me about football will tell you the huge respect I have for Liverpool. I grew up watching them in the 80s winning leagues every year.

O'Neill was in an upbeat mood as Ireland prepare for their two legged World Cup play-off

O'Neill was in an upbeat mood as Ireland prepare for their two legged World Cup play-off

(Left to right) Shane Duffy, Matt Doherty and Shane Long pictured in training on Tuesday

(Left to right) Shane Duffy, Matt Doherty and Shane Long pictured in training on Tuesday

'My comments were tongue in cheek and hopefully people will see it that way. People should lighten up a little.'

Meanwhile, Keane says he cannot be bothered with the 'media spin' around some Premier League managers and is

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