There were reports last week that Liverpool are interested in Steve Harper, but Kevin Keegan has today laughed off any chance that Steve will be leaving Newcastle United.
Steve Harper -going nowhere
This is hardly a surprise since Keegan was the manager to bring Harper to the club.
Keegan said today:
â€œI am not looking for him to go out, though Iâ€™m sure he would come and see me if Liverpool come and knock on his door.â€ â€œI know Steve very well â€“ heâ€™s got a great sense of humor.â€
â€œIâ€™m not surprised if other teams are interested.â€ â€œSteve Harper is a very, very good goalkeeper.â€
â€œEveryoneâ€™s always known that, but itâ€™s always been hidden by the fact heâ€™s not played.â€ â€œHeâ€™s just played his 100th game, but he was here last time I was, which was 1936, so he must be about 50 now!â€
Steve got in his 17th Premier League start of this season at Upton Park on Saturday, leaving him just one short of his best ever number of appearances of 18 games in 1999-2000.
It was also Steveâ€™s 99th start for Newcastle too, so he will celebrate his 100th start against Chelsea next Monday afternoon, and we’re sure he’ll get a great reception on this the last home game of the season.
He’s played just great for Newcastle this season.
Steve has proved to all Newcastle fans in the last few months, those that didn’t know that is, that he is a top class goalkeeper. It’s certainly going to be some competition next season with Shay Given, who will return from his groin problems next season, that has given Steve his big chance this year.
And Steve has taken that chance – big time.