Roy Keane brilliantly trolled by Micah Richards before Liverpool 2-2 Man City

  • Rob Swan
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Micah Richards and Roy Keane is right up there alongside Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in terms of punditry double acts that we never expected to see.

Richards is a jovial character, always laughing and joking. Keane, on the other hand, is the complete opposite.

That said, we have seen a softer side of Keane since he struck up an unlikely friendship with his Sky Sports colleague. His ‘Road to Wembley’ series with Richards over the summer was genuinely very funny and well worth checking out if you haven’t already done so.

Because Richards is aware that Keane has a soft spot for him, the former England international knows he can push his luck a bit more when they’re on screen together.

And ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield, Richards couldn’t resist trolling Keane when asked which players inspired him as a youngster.

Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones asked: “Who inspired you as a kid growing up, Micah?”

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Richards responded: “Without doubt, Patrick Vieira. I met him when he came to Man City. I played with some top midfielders, *proper* midfielders – not like the one next to me…”

Keane’s face was a picture as Richards and Carragher burst out laughing either side of him.

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Fearing a reaction, Richards said: “Obviously I’m only joking. I can just see his eyes!”

Watch the funny clip here:

On Vieira, Richards added: “You know when someone walks into a room and they’ve got that stature. The way he spoke, he would always make sure everyone was alright after training, but as soon as he crossed that white line he was horrible.

“He would go in for every single challenge, give 100 per cent, he was true inspiration and I was lucky to share a dressing room with him.”

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Keane and Vieira were, of course, arch-rivals on the pitch. Their infamous bust-up in the Highbury tunnel before a fixture between Arsenal and Man Utd is one of the most iconic moments of the Premier League era.

They went on to work together as pundits after retirement, however, and now have great mutual respect for each other.

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