In Focus: Keane would be shrewd addition to Klopp’s Liverpool

According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool are desperate to land Burnley and England defender Michael Keane this summer, with a £25 million price tag being touted.

What’s the word?

Since Michael Keane was handed his first England cap earlier this year, there have been numerous reports suggesting that the Premier League elite were eyeing his signature. Leicester City, Arsenal and Everton have all been keeping tabs on the 24-year-old over the last 4 months.

However, new reports suggest that Liverpool are now leading the race to sign the former Manchester United man.

How good has Keane been this season?

In one word – exceptional. Keane has been arguably the key man in Burnley’s successful first season back in the top flight, making a number of crucial interceptions and leading his team to some fantastic scalps at Turf Moor.

His performances for Burnley earned him his first England call-up, with Gareth Southgate praising the young defenders maturity and confidence.

Is Keane a good fit for Liverpool?

While you can not fault Michael Keane in terms of his defensive abilities, there is a question as to whether he would be able to cope with Jurgen Klopp’s style of play.

Keane would need to be immensely adept at playing out from the back and using his feet to get himself out of trouble. The Burnley man has been more accomplished at the no-nonsense, safety first defending that comes with being part of a Premier League club battling relegation.

However, the England international is still young and is improving with every game. If he can adapt to the demands of Jurgen Klopp, he could be an Anfield mainstay for some years to come.