The international in England was disciplined for a foul on Sadio Mane, with Roy Keane not holding back in his performance appraisal.
After the Manchester City defender gave away a penalty during Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool, Roy Keane called Kyle Walker “an idiot”.
When Walker collided with Sadio Mane and knocked the Senegal international to the turf, the Reds were awarded a spot-kick during the first half at Etihad Stadium.
In all competitions, Mohamed Salah converted the penalty to bring Liverpool in front for his ninth season goal, while City would rank in what was his first start since the opening day of the season before the breakthrough Gabriel Jesus.
Keane did not hold back in his evaluation of Walker’s defending during the half-time break while speaking in his capacity as a pundit on Sky Sports.
The former Manchester United captain, when asked how Mane had won the penalty, said: “Because he’s up against an idiot.”
People tell me he ‘s playing well, Kyle Walker, but I don’t think so.
“I think he’s a 30-year-old man, an international player, he’s a car accident, he keeps making these kinds of mistakes and he’s punished for them rightly.”
Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards, who served alongside Keane as a pundit, jumped to the international defense of England.
He was in good shape, “Richards said.” I think Roy is taking it overboard there a little bit, he was one of the best players in the Region.
“But he’s gambling on Mane, he ought to have just waited. He gambled that he was going outside, and Mane was there before you knew it, and he took him down.”
When they received a penalty shortly before the break, City had a great opportunity to go in front against the champions, with Joe Gomez penalized for handball when he tried to block Kevin De Bruyne ‘s cross.
The resulting penalty was stepped up by De Bruyne but he sent the ball wide of the post.
Since October 2018, when Riyad Mahrez sent his spot-kick over the bar during a goalless game between Manchester City and Liverpool at Anfield, it was the first penalty to miss the mark entirely in the Premier League.