Report: Liverpool join race for Burnley's Michael Keane, Koeman allegedly confident of Everton deal

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Liverpool are reportedly joining Everton in the race to sign Burnley defender Michael Keane.

Burnley's Michael Keane celebrates scoring their first goalBurnley's Michael Keane celebrates scoring their first goal

According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are ready to join the race to sign Burnley centre back Michael Keane, battling rivals Everton for his signature.

The Reds drew 1-1 at Manchester City on Sunday evening, keeping them in the Champions League qualification places, four points clear of fifth placed Manchester United.

Whether Liverpool qualify for the Champions League or not, manager Jurgen Klopp will be eyeing summer reinforcements, and defence is one area of concern for the Reds.

Joel Matip has been solid in his first season in the Premier League, but Dejan Lovren has suffered injury problems, and Ragnar Klavan has yet to prove himself as anything more than decent cover.

With Mamadou Sakho unlikely to ever play for the club again, another centre back should be targeted this summer, with the Daily Mail now claiming that Liverpool want to land Burnley's Michael Keane.

Keane, 24, left Manchester United for Burnley in 2014 having come up through the ranks at Old Trafford, and after an impressive loan deal at Turf Moor, he signed permanently in January 2015.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Now called up to the England squad, Keane is one of the Premier League's top young centre backs, turning in a host of impressive performances for a Burnley side who are set to avoid relegation against the odds.

However, Keane's contract expires in just over a year, meaning the Clarets are vulnerable to losing their prized asset this summer, with Liverpool now joining the race for his signature as Klopp targets another centre back.

The link is particularly interesting given that The Mirror reported just last month that Everton boss Ronald Koeman was confident that the Toffees would complete a summer deal for Keane, meaning we could see a Merseyside battle for the former Manchester United youngster, with Champions League qualification a potential advantage should Liverpool finish in the top four.

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