Carragher doubts Michael Keane is worth £25m

Date published: Wednesday 10th May 2017 2:15

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.”

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.”

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