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West Ham caretaker Keen joins Liverpool

Kevin Keen has joined Liverpool as their new first team coach following the departure of Sammy Lee.

The 44-year old former West Ham United and Stoke City midfielder, who had a few caretaker stints as Hammers manager, linked up with the Reds for the first day of pre-season training today.

He said he was delighted to be a part of Kenny Dalglish's coaching staff at 'one of the greatest clubs in the world'.

"I feel really privileged, proud and honoured to be here and to be part of such a fantastic club," Keen told

"In my eyes Liverpool are one of the greatest clubs in the world so I am really quite humbled to be here.

"I was back coaching at West Ham for nine years and was a player at West Ham for nine years as well, so they have been a big part of my life but when I got the call from Liverpool I thought the timing was perfect for me.

"To come here and be a part of what Kenny, Steve Clarke, Damien (Comolli) and the owners are looking to do in taking the club forward is very exciting.

"I know Steve very well from my West Ham days and learnt a lot from him when he was assistant manager to Gianfranco Zola.

"He's very meticulous with his planning, he's a fantastic coach and a really nice person to work with.

"I want to come in here and to contribute to us winning trophies for the supporters.

"We've a lot of work to do between now and the first match of the season against Sunderland but for me, this is where I want to be.

"I want to be out training and to help players improve, whether they're 16, 17 or 18 or whether they're 33. I want to get the best out of everyone."

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Andrew Slevison
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