Robbie Keane is preparing to head back to Tottenham to fight for his place.
The Republic of Ireland international spent the second half of the season on loan at Celtic, where he claims he has rediscovered his hunger for the game.
“I just think I was maybe in a little bit of a rut at Liverpool and going back to Tottenham,” he said.
“I did well when I went back first and then did well at the start of the season, and then I just didn’t have that hunger that I had and I think I maybe needed to go away to get that back.
“I certainly got that back at Celtic. It certainly got me back on track and really enjoying my football again.
“For me, it is just about playing games. I have got that back now and it’s up to me now to go back to Tottenham and get myself in that team and stay in that team if I get that opportunity.
“As a player, you lose confidence sometimes and I lost confidence maybe a small bit.
“But it is important that you try to get that back as soon as possible, and maybe going to Celtic was the best thing that happened to me.”
“I am not one of these people who like to sit on the bench and pick up their money and be happy with that,” Keane added.
“As a kid, you don’t dream of playing bits and bobs of games, you want to play every game.
“As a player, that’s where you get your sharpness and your fitness.
“I don’t like to train every day of the week and then come Saturday, not play. I have always been like that.
“I am going back to Tottenham to start pre-season and to be at Tottenham unless Harry pulls me in or the chairman pulls me in and says otherwise.”
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