By Harvey Byrne
Former Liverpool full-back Steve Nicol believes that reported Liverpool target Michael Keane is good enough for the Reds, claiming he would dislodge the unreliable Dejan Lovren from the team.
The Merseyside giants have had problems at the back for a number of years now and that has continued this season with Jurgen Klopp’s side suffering the worst defensive record in the top seven with 42 goals conceded from 36 top-flight fixtures.
The German manager made an attempt to fix it last summer by bringing in Cameroonian Joel Matip, who has slotted into the back four, but his defensive partner and mainstay in the team Dejan Lovren has come in for some heavy criticism.
Now, Klopp is believed to be looking to improve on his back line once again in the next window and the Mirror claimed earlier in the week that personal terms had been “agreed in principle” with Burnley defender Michael Keane.
The Clarets centre-back has had a successful season for the 14th place team, but many have their doubts about whether he is good enough to make the step up to Liverpool.
But, former player Nicol disagrees with that view, stating Keane isn’t looking to dislodge an Alan Hansen or a Mark Lawrenson from the team and believes he will take Lovren’s place.
“He’s [Keane] not walking into a Liverpool side and he’s not going to have to try and dislodge an Alan Hansen or a Mark Lawrenson,” told Nicol speaking to ESPN about whether Keane is up to the level of playing for Liverpool.
“He’s going to dislodge a Lovren, who is not reliable. If Michael Keane is anything, or if Michael Keane has shown us one thing throughout this Premier League years. It’s that he’s consistent, he’s solid and you know what you’re getting.”
Lovren, 27, completed a move to Liverpool from Southampton in the summer of 2014 for a fee of £20million.
He has played in 27 matches for the club this season and has recently agreed a new deal taking him up to 2021.
However, he could lose his place from the team if Liverpool do add a new centre-back to their side this summer.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp is set to go on biggest spending spree in club’s history.