Keane, a Man United legend, has called a long-standing tradition at Anfield ‘childish.’
The revelation that Roy Keane touched the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium during his playing career has left the Manchester United legend stunned.
When Liverpool players exit the tunnel at Anfield, they’re often pictured reaching up to touch the sign above them.
In response to the question of whether or not he ever followed in the footsteps of the Liverpool players during his playing career, the former Manchester United captain looked perplexed.
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“Of course not,” he said in an interview with ITV Football. The practice is common amongst English players, but not among opponents, so I’m not sure what you were thinking when you touched the ball Wrighty. Wrighty, you’re being childish. Why did you touch it? Do you have any takeaways from the experience? “Can you tell me what benefit you received from touching it?”
Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger recently revealed that he had touched the sign while visiting Anfield with both of his former clubs.
“Of course, I had a hand in it,” he admitted later. Was there anything I didn’t touch when we went out with the guys? To warm up, you’d look around and reach out to touch the picture because it’s iconic, and it’s an incredible sight to behold.
“I didn’t want them [his teammates] to see me because I didn’t want them to think I was disrespectful.” “I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful; I just wanted to get my hands on that sign,” he explained.
Afterwards, he responded to Keane with the following: “It’s not childish; it’s an unbelievable thing to be able to do.” “I’m one of the people who got to touch it, and I’m sure some of these fans didn’t.”