Jamie Carragher talks up reported Liverpool transfer target
Jamie Carragher gives his thoughts on Michael Keane, who has reportedly been attracting interest from Liverpool
Jamie Carragher has revealed that he is a big fan of Michael Keane but warned that it would be a big step up for the defender to join Liverpool.
The Burnley defender has been touted as a possible summer target for the Reds as Jurgen Klopp begins to think about bolstering his squad ahead of next season.
Keane has been in good form for Burnley this season, with the 24-year-old having scored two goals and made one assist in 35 Premier League games so far this term.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher is a keen admirer of the young defender but warned the Reds that his asking price will be at least £25m this summer.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “I like him, I think he’s had a really good season.
“It’s a big jump to go from Burnley to Liverpool and a completely different way of playing.
“That 4-4-2 at Burnley, it’s a lot of protection, and maybe a similar thing to what we’re seeing with Mamadou Sakho at Crystal Palace.
“He looks a completely different player there but he’s playing a completely different game.
“Jurgen Klopp was talking about centre-backs at top clubs a couple of weeks ago. The questions asked of you are completely different.
“If you are going to buy Michael Keane, it’s going to be £25m. He’s a young English player.
“Is he better than Lovren and Matip? He’s maybe the same level.
“If you’re spending £25m on a centre-back he has to go straight in your team and make a massive difference. I don’t think he is quite at that level to come in and make a massive difference.”
Liverpool are aiming to secure a top-four finish in Klopp’s first full season in charge.
The Reds are currently third in the Premier League as they prepare for their trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham on Sunday afternoon.