Michael Keane’s Liverpool snub in summer now looking a mistake

Ashley Williams of Everton and Michael Keane of Everton shake hands after the Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on December 23, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Michael Keane suggested that Liverpool and Manchester United wanted him before he moved to Everton in the summer of 2017.

Michael Keane of Everton during the warm up before the  Premier League match between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park on January 31, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Back in August, Michael Keane suggested to Sky Sports that Liverpool and Manchester United wanted him before his move from Burnley to Everton in the summer of 2017.

According to The Guardian, Everton paid Premier League rivals Burnley an initial transfer fee of £25 million in order to secure the services of Keane.

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.

Michael Keane of Everton during the warm up before the  Premier League match between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park on January 31, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

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.”

Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City competes for the ball with Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City and Michael Keane of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Leicester...

Keane was quite confident at the time of playing regularly for Everton, but there has been recent speculation that the Toffees could sell the defender.

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.

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