Manchester United are inadvertently creating an obstacle as Liverpool look to strengthen their squad this summer.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to dip into the market for a new centre-back having allowed Mamadou Sakho to leave on loan.
Injury problems have forced the Reds boss to experiment with Lucas Leiva in defence at points this season, and while the Brazilian hasn’t actually done too badly there, it’s not a situation that should be repeated too often.
The Sun suggest that Liverpool are one of two clubs – Everton being the other – monitoring Burnley’s Michael Keane, who is set to leave Turf Moor after a brilliant season under Sean Dyche.
Keane made his England debut against Germany last week, and that is only going to increase his value.
The 24-year-old is going to cost around £20million, but the other issue surrounding his price tag comes from his former club United.
The Red Devils included a 25% sell-on clause when Louis van Gaal sold him, and it’s claimed Burnley may use that to hike up the price.
It shouldn’t deter Liverpool too much, though, as they’d still be getting a bargain for one of the Premier League’s most promising defenders.