Will Liverpool finally see their £20m punt pay off?

Football
FanCast guest columnist
Frank Revell wonders if today is the moment the Liverpool
No.7 finally shows his worth.

To say that the jury is still out on Robbie Keane is
somewhat of an understatement and he certainly hasn't justified the £20m we
splashed out on him in the summer. Two goals in sixteen games is simply a
woeful return and why we can never question his effort or work rate, his
continual failure to put the ball in the back of the net has to be of great
concern, well it is to me.

I have read many articles on the man and all tend to hint
that he is normally a slow starter at football clubs and takes time to get in
gear. This is all well and good, but we are on a title push here and the last
thing we need is to be carrying passengers on the pitch. If Keane cannot score
the goals alongside Fernando Torres or Dirk Kuyt, then we need to find someone
who will and if we have to cash in on Keane as early as January then so be it,
there can be no room for sentiment or persistence, especially with our squad as
threadbare as it is upfront.

I will be intrigued to see how Robbie gets on today at
White Hart Lane, playing in a familiar environment, against old teammates and
at an arena where he was a genuine hero. It was Spurs that made him the player
he is and why we subsequently put the majority of our transfer funds on him
this summer. I really hope that being in these surroundings will give the
player renewed confidence, desire and finally open his Premier League account
and hopefully be the catalyst for the player to go on and finally look like a
player worthy of wearing that No.7 shirt. He hasn't earned the right as yet, so
maybe today will be the moment when the real Robbie Keane finally stands up –
we can only hope.