Keane gets ‘cuddled’, he’s not worth £25m, say Carra and Neville

Date published: Wednesday 10th May 2017 4:00

Gary Neville has claimed Michael Keane gets “cuddled” at Burnley, while Jamie Carragher doubts the defender is worth £25million.

The centre-back is reported to be a £25million target for Liverpool and Manchester United this summer but both Sky Sports pundits doubt whether he is in that price bracket.

“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.

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“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 Neville agrees but believes Keane could adapt if he moved to a big club.

“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,” said Neville.

“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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