Keane: Why I rejected Liverpool first time round

New Liverpool signing Robbie Keane has explained why he rejected the Merseyside giants as a junior.

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At the time Keane was earning a reputation as one of Ireland's hottest youngsters, with a regular starring role for South Dublin schoolboy side Crumlin United.

But the teenager felt the road to the Anfield first team was an almost impassable one back then for a young man trying to dislodge some of the biggest names in Europe.

Instead he opted for Molineux - and began a career which was to take in Wolves, Coventry, Inter Milan, Leeds and Spurs, before the opening came again.

Keane, who will wear the No7 shirt, admitted: "As a young lad I didn't think coming to such a massive club as this was my best move.

"I thought if I went to Wolves there would be a better chance of first-team football straight away. I'm not saying it wouldn't have happened if I'd come to Anfield then, but I always held out hope that I'd come back and this is a real dream come true for me."

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