He has begun on his road in pursuing to emulate the greats who have graced the prodigious Number Seven Red Shirt. He is now an integral part of the current Liverpool squad and have the chance to make history for the team and himself.
The Kopites will always remember the legends that have occupied the number seven shirt, the likes of Ian Callaghan, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Peter Beardsley have always been fondly thought off and remembered and cherished. Now it is up to Keane to cement his place among these prestigious men.
He resembles the ‘typical’ Number seven in many ways and has all the main attributes that Keegan and Dalglish both had. These ‘Number 7s’ have all had quick, intelligent feet and an unerring ability finish at considerable chance. Impeccable movement and the aptitude to change a game.
I am no way comparing the impact Keane is having too Keegan and Dalglish nor sparking any identical similarities. Keegan and Dalglish will always be the best players to have ever played for Liverpool but in recent times the Number 7 has not been up to scratch. Harry Kewell? Vladmer Smicer? Nigel Clough? Steve McMahon? Steve McManaman? None of them have even came close.
Keane has the chance to turn these fortunes.
Fair enough, he has only scored two goals against a poor West Brom side but it was in the manner he did it in, everyone watching saw what it meant to him. These were his first goals at Anfield and ones that will stick in his mind for the rest of his career.
They were two classic goals as one was from a precise pass from Captain Steven Gerrard and the other one was rounding keeper Scott Carson before slotting home from a tight angle.
The only down point was that neither of these goals were in front of the famous Kop end. It will be only a matter of time before he does score in front of the faithful.
He has been instrumental in Liverpool’s early season form, creating many goals but now that he has found his own goal scoring touch, he may become the player we knew at Tottenham.
Jimmy Case once famously said that ‘you know when you’re a fanatic — you’d do anything and travel anywhere. I’d happily die for those(Liverpool) fans. I know exactly how they feel because they were me — I was them.’
Keane can relate to this. Liverpool are his club, the team he supports and the team he has always been destined to play for. An understanding should soon follow suit between him and the fans. They are known for their unconditional love for those who sport the Number seven shirt, so in retrospect he is already lucky in that sense.
Keane has joined his boyhood club after going through 11 years of plying his trade for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Coventry City, Inter Milan, Leeds United, and Tottenham Hotspur. And at 28 years old you can argue that he is currently in his prime and has to supply his best football straight away. Benitez must have wanted a striker with the know-how and Keane seemed to fit that very tight criteria.
Moving from Spurs will always be challenging, as it is a venture into the next level, the demands of Champions League football. A massive step up.
He was vital to Tottenham’s success and was the hairpin in the side but at Liverpool, he will have to prove himself again. His charisma and enthusiasm will always be well liked and his personality and willingness for the cause is outstanding.
Kenae may have thought that this chance would have never materialised and with Benitez spending almost £20 million on a striker that he feels that finishes off his Liverpool ‘title’ team, Keane must feel under pressure to perform.
Hopefully, for Keane these goals will start as a beacon, not only for him but the whole team.