By Matt Bullin
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has questioned whether Michael Keane is good enough to play for Liverpool.
The 39-year-old’s comments come after The Mirror claimed personal terms have been “agreed in principle” between Liverpool and Keane ahead of a summer move.
It also states Keane would cost the Merseyside club £25million and Klopp is confident of getting his man.
A four-year contract has been reportedly offered to the 24-year-old as the Reds move ahead of Tottenham, Everton and Man United, who are also interested.
Keane has caught the eye of many following his resolute defensive displays for 14th-placed Burnley this year, but Carragher is not sure whether he is ready to make the jump from Turf Moor to Anfield.
Speaking on Sky Sports 1’s Monday Night Football (Monday 7.30pm) Carragher said: “It’s a big jump. To go from a team right at the bottom to a team right at the top. I don’t think he’s quite at that level.
“It’s going to be £25million for a young English player – is he better than Matip or Lovren? I think he’s at the same level.
“If you’re paying £25million on a centre back, you want to put him straight in your team to make a massive difference.”
Keane made the move to Burnley in 2015 after failing to make the grade at Man United, despite spending four years there in various youth teams, winning the Reserve Player of the Year in 2012.
He has been a mainstay of the Burnley defence this term, making 39 appearances in all competitions.
Carragher is someone who can speak with authority on the difficulties of being a centre-back at Liverpool having made more than 700 appearances for the club over a 17 year spell.
The Anfield club currently sit third in the Premier League after a poor goalless draw at home to Southampton last time out.
If Klopp’s Reds are to guarantee Champions League football for next season, they must win their final two games of the campaign against West Ham and Middlesbrough.
In other Liverpool news, Gary Neville has revealed why they struggle to beat smaller teams.