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Cristiano Ronaldo bagged 31 goals last season to win the Premier League golden boot. Can anyone stop him this time around?

Liverpool have completed the signing of striker Robbie Keane from Tottenham for a fee that could rise to £20.3m.

Keane, 28, underwent a medical on Monday after agreeing personal terms over the weekend.

The move was not without controversy, with Tottenham unhappy at Liverpool making their interest in Keane known despite being told that he was not for sale.

However, a statement from Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy read: “Liverpool FC have acknowledged that the way its website reported comments of its manager, which were widely covered by the media, was inappropriate.

“In light of that acknowledgement (they) have apologised and agreed to make a donation to our Club’s main charity, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

“Tottenham Hotspur has therefore agreed not to pursue its official complaint to the Premier League.

“I was incredibly disappointed when I first heard, not only that Liverpool had been working behind the scenes to bring Robbie to Anfield, but that Robbie himself wanted to go and submitted a transfer request to this effect.

“I have already made my opinion clear on the nature of this transaction.

“I don’t regard it as a transfer deal – that is something which happens between two clubs when they both agree to trade – this is very much an enforced sale, for which we have agreed a sum of £19m as compensation plus a potential further £1.3m in additional compensation.”

Keane paid tribute to Levy and Spurs and revealed that he was fulfilling a lifelong dream in moving to Anfield.

He said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to the board, players and fans of Tottenham for the past six years, which were the best and most enjoyable of my career to date.

“I will never forget them. I would specifically like to thank chairman Daniel Levy for understanding, that, as a fan, joining Liverpool is a lifelong dream of mine and one I couldn’t let pass me by.

“I hope one day the Spurs fans, who have been brilliant to me, can understand this too.

“I have only good things to say about my time at Tottenham and expect them to go from strength to strength under Juande Ramos and Daniel Levy.”

Keane revealed that he left Tottenham to further his career.

“I am at the stage now where I want to kick on a bit and win a lot of trophies,” he told the Liverpool website. “I believe that Liverpool can do that with the squad of players we have.

“Sometimes in life you don’t get many opportunities to go somewhere you have dreamed of going.

“When an opportunity like this comes along, you have to grab it with both hands.

“It is up to me to prove that I can stay in the team every week. You don’t just come into a club and expect to walk straight into the team; you have to earn your place and I am looking forward to doing that.

“I see myself as a second striker. I can play off the shoulder, link things up and play in the hole.

“You are always judged on scoring goals as a striker and I have always scored a lot of goals. Hopefully I can continue that here at Liverpool.”

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged 31 goals last season to win the Premier League golden boot. Can anyone stop him this time around?

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