15 Mar 2017

Sign for Liverpool? Legend tells Klopp to sign 'fantastic' €25m Man Utd reject who 'texts' Rio Ferdinand

Left-back is a priority position for Liverpool to fill this summer, and according to Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Jurgen Klopp should target one of Burnley's up-and-coming defenders.

When asked this week who Liverpool should try and sign this summer, Wright told BBC Radio Five Live:

“Michael Keane and Virgil Van Dijk. Keane looks like a very good defender. Liverpool need to sort out their left-back situation".

Liverpool were linked with £25m-rated Keane earlier this season, but with Chelsea and Everton also allegedly interested, the Reds face stiff competition for the 'fantastic' defender. Some info about Keane:

* 24-year old central defender, who can also play at right-back. Contract expires: 2018

* Spent four years at Manchester United (2011-2015)

* Burnley: 101 apps (12 goals/assists). Won the Championship title in 2016.

* Dec 2016: Rejected Burnley's offer of a new contract.

* Jan 2017: When asked about transfer rumours, Keane told reporters: “I don’t let it affect me. I’m really happy at Burnley, but it is flattering to see.”

* Mar 2017: On his idol, Rio Ferdinand: "He's been brilliant. I'm able to text him or call him when I want, and before big games he'll send me a text and give me a little bit of advice. He's a legend, and someone I can learn a lot from".

Historically, Liverpool usually buy in first-team centre-backs (as opposed to promoting from the Academy), and the optimum age to go straight into the first team is 23-25 (see: Agger, Skrtel, Hyypia, Henchoz, Lovren, Matip etc).

At 24, Keane is the perfect age for a move to Liverpool, but the biggest plus is that he is yet to suffer a major injury, which - given the regular injuries to Matip and Lovren - is an important factor. Worth a bid?


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