Date published: Tuesday 22nd October 2019 11:02
Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has brushed off Sunday’s criticism from Manchester United legend Roy Keane.
Keane, speaking on Sky Sports, was hugely essential of each sets of players ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford amongst Manchester United and Liverpool.
Marcus Rashford fired United ahead and the league leaders struggled and had to wait till late on to rescue a point by way of sub Adam Lallana.
Ahead of the game although, although watching the two teams in the tunnel, Keane was incensed to see them mixing collectively, hugging and enjoying friendly banter.
“I’m disgusted with the players. You are going to war, they’re hugging and kissing,” Keane mentioned on Sky Sports.
“Don’t even appear at the opposition. You are going into battle against them.”
Asked about these comments afterwards by the Brazilian media, the 28-year-old refused to get into a spat, but outlined why he does not see there getting a difficulty with getting friendly ahead of the game.
“I do not want to make controversy with any one,” Firmino told ESPN Brasil.
“I come across it very standard just before the game to greet each and every other, ask how they are performing. That is all. Nothing at all far more than that.
“But on the pitch, they are not pals, each and every 1 defends his club to the most effective of his capability.
“Then the rivalry increases on the pitch.”
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Firmino was noticed joking with fellow countrymen Fred and Andreas Pereira, although David de Gea and fellow goalkeeper Alisson have been spotted shaking hands.
Keane although was not amused, and added: “The game hasn’t changed that a great deal, the players have changed.
“You’re going to war against these players and they’re hugging each and every other. Chat to them just after the game, or do not even chat to them just after the game.”