Manchester United legend Roy Keane couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at former Arsenal rival Patrick Vieira after Crystal Palace’s Premier League loss to Liverpool.
The Eagles boss was fumed by officials after the 3-1 loss at Selhurst Park, claiming referee Kevin Friend “killed our legs” after awarding Liverpool a controversial late penalty.
The kick came after Diogo Jota was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, although it was strongly suggested the Liverpool ace won the penalty by inviting contact.
Nonetheless, the penalty was given after a VAR check and it was sent in by Fabinho, as Jurgen Klopp’s side moved within nine points of Premier League leaders Man City.
Prior to the kick, Vieira’s side were well into the game and caused Liverpool plenty of problems before ‘smart’ Jota effectively ended the game.
And the manager wasn’t happy, as he said after the game: “I think we’re giving ourselves the best chance to get something out of the game but obviously that referee’s decision killed our legs, that bad decision of the referee took away all hope.
“You should ask him to speak to you and explain the decision himself.
“The reason is to have these meetings with the referee and to explain to the coaches that contact is part of the game, so that if there is a situation like that and there is no obvious contact, there will be no penalty.
“This one here and when you look at the situation with Jota, who I believe was really very smart, but at the same time the referee was naive or the VAR, I should say, was naive.
“There’s no way Jota can get the ball back and score or that Vince tried to stop. There’s no way Vince and Jota can’t have contact because of the situation they’re in. were.
“It happens too often at home, especially when you play against these big teams.”
But the Invincibles icon’s rage didn’t stop Keane from laughing at his former rival, as he joked on Sky Sports:
“I always said he had a bit of a temper!”
The former Man United captain was of course referring to his many clashes with Vieira during the Red Devils’ fierce rivalry with title rivals Arsenal during the 2000s.
The Irishman later claimed the old foe would have been unhappy with the way his side started the game with Liverpool dominating the first half, although that was a different story after the break after a change in approach from the patron of the palace.
“They deserved huge credit, obviously coming back from goal,” added Keane.
“Good reaction from Palace, but Patrick will be frustrated that it took them so long to get going.
“Liverpool – bad, bad defense [for the goal] and that was the game.”
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