Liverpool could strike a bargain transfer in reported Kalvin Phillips pursuit

Liverpool will look at a Kalvin Phillips transfer next summer, according to reports. There’s a potential bargain on the table here.

The Daily Star claims Liverpool are firmly in the race for Kalvin Phillips. They’ll ‘battle’ Manchester United for him, in fact, in what would likely be a tighter contest than last Sunday’s.

Leeds United won’t let him go for nothing, however. He’s a key player at Elland Road but £60m could tempt them into a sale.

The question then becomes if he’s worth that. To us, that’s a potential bargain.

Kalvin Phillips transfer

Phillips is now 25, turning 26 in December. As a holding midfielder, we imagine clubs are looking at around five years of top-level football out of the player before a slight decline.

Not only would Liverpool get a great player, though, but someone who could really suit them.

Phillips typically plays as a holding midfielder. Liverpool would likely want him in a slightly more advanced role – essentially where Gini Wijnaldum played. The way he plays for Leeds lends himself to that quite well, however.

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Per Statsbomb date on Fbref, Phillips is 93rd percentile across Europe’s top 5 leagues for pressing amongst midfielders. That’s very, very high and exactly what Liverpool want to se.

He also wins tackles and interceptions at a very high level – Phillips averaged over 2.5 tackles per game in the Premier League last season and 1.6 interceptions.

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Phillips couples his defensive work with creativity. He creates over a chance per game at his best.

Throw in his ability to keep the ball and you’re looking at a midfielder Liverpool could likely work wonders with. He has all the necessary traits to take a step up at the right club.

There’s also his homegrown status. Liverpool push the limits of that as it is, especially with Jordan Henderson now over 30. Signing English players really does carry extra value.

And with players like Jude Bellingham likely not moving until 2023, Phillips could make a perfect building block in 2022. For £60m, we’re not sure you could find someone more ideal next summer.

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