Even the most ardent Manchester United supporter, or Roy Keane, would find it difficult to criticise the current Liverpool team.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are the reigning Premier League, European and world champions and have smashed a series of records on their road to glory.
It has been a long and tough road back to the top for the Reds, so supporters of the club are rightly revelling in being the kingpins of English football once again.
It wasn’t always like this, however, as all Liverpool fans know too well. Back in the 1990s, Manchester United were top dogs as Liverpool struggled to regain their position on top of the perch. And Roy Keane was there to remind them of their troubles.
According to former Man United winger Lee Sharpe, he and his teammates bumped into some Liverpool players on a night out in Cheshire back in the mid-1990s.
As per the Athletic, Sharpe claims Keane “launched into a fierce tirade” about the Liverpool players. He is said to have gone through each man, including Phil Babb, his Republic of Ireland teammate, and let them know exactly what he thought of them.
“You, (Phil) Babb, f**k off back to Coventry. (Jamie) Redknapp, what the f**k have you ever done in the game? You, (John) Scales, you’re f**king rubbish, with your England B cap,” Keane said, according to Sharpe.
John Scales, the former Liverpool defender confirms that the story is true. “We were out and, surprise surprise, we bumped into Roy,” Scales said.
“We were immediately thinking, ‘OK, here we go…’ Sure enough, Roy unleashed this tirade. There was steam practically coming out of his ears.”
The Liverpool team of that era – which included players such as Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Jason McAteer, David James, Jamie Redknapp and Stan Collymore – are often compared unfavourably with the Man United team of the era.
Some have argued that their ‘Spice Boys’ persona and their fondness for a celebrity lifestyle cost them the chance to challenge United and win major trophies.
However, Scales believes that the ‘Spice Boys’ label is unfair on that Liverpool team, as Man United, their more successful rivals, lived a similar lifestyle.
“The thing is if we’re talking about lifestyle — nightclubs, dating celebrities, whatever — our patterns of behaviour weren’t very different to theirs,” Scales says.
“Yes, we went out but I don’t think we were doing anything that other teams, United included, weren’t doing that time. We would see their players when we were out.”