Redknapp hits back over Keane

Harry Redknapp defended himself against accusations made by Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, as the war of words regarding the future of Robbie Keane intensified.

Liverpool are ready to make an official complaint to the Premier League, with their claim that Redknapp publicly airing his admiration for the Republic of Ireland striker amounted to an illegal approach. Redknapp is adamant that he has done nothing wrong and was simply answering press conference questions posed to him about Keane, who has struggled to make an impact following his £20 million pre-season move from White Hart Lane to Anfield.

After watching Tottenham's relegation fears increase following their dramatic 3-2 defeat away to Bolton, Redknapp insisted: "It was never a goer and I don't know what it was all about really. We didn't make a bid for him as far as I know. The chairman asks me who I like, I tell him and sometimes he makes inquiries for players," said Redknapp. "The comments I made, there was certainly nothing wrong with any of them.

"I don't know why the manager of Liverpool gets so upset about everything, it's strange," the former Portsmouth manager added. "Have you seen what I said? Have you heard what I said? What did I say? Some young lady said to me 'do you wish you still had Robbie Keane?' I said Robbie Keane is a terrific player, but he belongs to Liverpool, so it's not a possibility. I didn't say I'm trying to get Robbie Keane."

Redknapp played down fears that £15.7 million forward Jermain Defoe will be out for the rest of the season with a foot injury, after the England international missed out on a match where substitute Darren Bent's second-half double failed to prevent Tottenham's latest defeat. The Spurs manager, who handed debuts to £17 million duo Wilson Palacios and Pascal Chimbonda, added: "Jermain's going for a scan and we'll just have to see how it is. Hopefully, it's not too bad, but we're not too sure yet."