Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to move quickly for Burnley centre-back Michael Keane to beat rivals, including Liverpool, to the player’s signature.
A report from the Daily Mail (h/t the Daily Mirror) noted how Mourinho is anxious for United to wrap up a deal for Keane quickly.
Liverpool retain an interest in the 24-year-old defender, who was once on the books at Old Trafford, per the Mirror: “Liverpool’s top defensive target is Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, but Keane is also on the radar should he not want to go back to the club that cast him aside.”
Klopp will know how much his squad needs defensive reinforcements after conceding 42 times in the Premier League this season. Specifically, the Merseyside club needs a steady presence alongside Dejan Lovren.
Keane proved highly dependable during a solid season with Burnley in which he helped the Lancashire side finish 16th and avoid relegation. Sky Sports‘ Monday Night Football pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville responded to the £25m-rated England international’s links to Liverpool earlier this month.
Both Carragher and Neville felt Keane is afforded a lot of protection by the Turf Moor side’s pragmatic approach, protection he may not get in Klopp’s free-flowing tactics.
Liverpool need top quality at the heart of the back four next season. Keane is a player who could yet reach that level, depending on if Klopp believes he’s ready to make the step up to Champions League football.
Either way, being in Europe’s premier club competition again means Liverpool will still need Coutinho in the ranks.