Anfield legend Gerrard, who now plays with Keane for LA Galaxy said: “I’d be stunned if he wasn’t in the squad. I think Martin O’Neill will take him for his experience. He’s capable of scoring big goals in big moments and those players are very hard to come by.
“I know he hasn’t played as much in the last couple of qualifiers and the play-offs but Martin’s had him alongside him on the bench and Robbie does a terrific job on the pitch but also off it as well, and I’m sure he’ll want him around.”
Speaking on ‘Today With Sean O’Rourke’ on RTÉ Radio 1, Gerrard suggested that Keane’s short and underwhelming spell with Liverpool in 2008 was due to the striker and manager Rafa Benitez not seeing eye to eye on how the player should be deployed.
“I don’t think that was all down to Robbie,” he said. “Robbie came and worked hard on the training pitch and scored some important goals for us. I think there was a bit of clash with Rafa Benitez maybe, but I certainly wanted him to stay around for a long time. He’s a very talented player and I like playing with him, so I was sad to see him go.
“I think it was more down to Rafa trying to change the way Robbie played and for me the reason we bought Robbie was for him to play off a front man and cause damage between defence and midfield.
“Rafa was trying to change that and change his game and I don’t think Robbie was too happy with that. I think that’s where the clash came.”
On returning to Merseyside to train with Liverpool at their Melwood base during the MLS close season, Gerrard commented: “It’s a place where I’ve spent an awful lot of time training and working hard over the years since the age of eight, so to be welcomed back and to join in training with the lads and see all the staff I worked with for a very long time brought back some fantastic memories. I’m really enjoying going back in.”