Michael Keane is reported to be a £25m target for Liverpool and Manchester United this summer but Jamie Carragher has his doubts about whether he can adapt to a different style of play.
The Burnley defender has been impressive this season but the Clarets play with a deep defence while Liverpool push up the pitch to win the ball.
“It’s a big jump to go from Burnley to Liverpool and a completely different way of playing,” said Carragher on Sky Sports.
“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.”
If Michael keane is the calibre of player we're going to be signing don't even bother qualifying for the champions league what's the point
— MAN LIKE BOBBY (@TLP6666) May 8, 2017
Carragher’s co-pundit Gary Neville agrees but believes Keane has the intelligence to adapt.
“He gets cuddled at Burnley. The two full-backs come tight, it’s a tight midfield four, very compact, so you very rarely get exposed.
“I think that goal he conceded against Lukaku, I wouldn’t expect him to make that kind of mistake. But he’s still young. To make his England debut is a great achievement.
“He’s a great type, a great lad. He will be the type that’s a student. He will watch videos of himself in the week, he will want feedback, he will look after himself, he will be professional. Everything you want from a football player.”