The Sun claimed in June 2017 that Premier League giants United and Liverpool were interested in signing the England international central defender.
Speaking to Sky Sports in August 2017, the 25-year-old centre-back suggested that he snubbed the interest of the Reds and his former club United for Everton due to better chances of regular playing time.
Keane told Sky Sports in August 2017 when asked if Liverpool and United were interested in him: “There was interest, yeah, definitely, but I thought Everton was the right place for me to come, develop and take myself to that next level.
“I didn’t want to go anywhere and not play, and now I have got to fight for my place here. "There’s a lot of good centre-halves, but I feel like I have got a good chance if I stay fit and perform well.”
According to a recent report in The Mirror, Everton manager Sam Allardyce will listen to offers for the central defender in the summer of 2018.
The centre-back has started 18 Premier League matches for the Toffees so far this season, and his performances have not been great.
While Keane would have found it hard to play regularly at United, he would have had a better chance at Liverpool.
The Reds signed centre-back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton only in the January transfer window following a series of disappointing performances at the back, and perhaps they would not have done that had Keane moved to Anfield in the summer of 2017 and maintained the form he showed at Burnley last season.
Moreover, Liverpool are challenging for the top four of the Premier League this season and are also in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, while Everton are still in danger of getting relegated to the Championship.