Report: Gerrard's Aston Villa lead race for 'excellent' PL midfielder that Liverpool have watched closely
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Report: Gerrard's Aston Villa lead race for 'excellent' PL midfielder that Liverpool have watched closely

Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa reportedly lead the race for Kalvin Phillips, despite claims Liverpool want the midfielder. The Leeds United man could be moving on.

This comes from The Times. They claim Aston Villa have moved to the front of the queue for Kalvin Phillips. They’re ready to pay a massive £60m fee to grab the England international, ahead of the likes of Newcastle United and West Ham United.

But Phillips is also a player Liverpool supposedly like. The Mirror reported back in late 2020 that the Reds had watched him closely. 2021 has seen both the Mail and the Star report that there’s interest there, too.

It certainly seems that Leeds United will face a few bids from sides this summer, then. But will Liverpool actually throw their hat into the ring?

Kalvin Phillips at Liverpool

We’ve written before that Phillips could actually be a bargain signing, even at £60m. This is an England international right in the prime of his career, after all, but one who should improve.

He’s been making waves with England, of course. Gareth Southgate labelled him ‘excellent’ earlier this season and he’s proven himself at the very highest level.

A five-year contract for Phillips would see him through to 31. We’d expect a very high level from the midfielder over that period – high enough to justify the massive transfer fee.

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But we’re not entirely sure that this is the direction Liverpool will head in. Journalist Gerard Romero says Liverpool want Gavi and if they’re truly looking at the 19-year-old, we’re not sure a midfielder in their prime years is the plan.

Both Jordan Henderson and Thiago should have a few more years in them, after all. Perhaps the need for Phillips just isn’t there, then, and the Reds will instead look to secure a long-term future – not just the next few years.

Similarly, Marca claiming there has been some movement for Aurélién Tchouaméni suggests Liverpool want a young midfielder. Perhaps, then, Phillips just isn’t on the agenda anymore.

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