Liverpool must have an alternative to Kalvin Phillips lined up if Manchester City get a free run the player this summer. The midfielder could do a great job for the Reds.
The Mirror report that Manchester City are lining up a move for ‘£50m-rated’ Kalvin Phillips. The England midfielder’s future is a little up in the air right now as Leeds United battle relegation on the final day.
If they go down, Phillips is certainly off. If they stay up, there’s still a good chance that a team tempts them into a sale.
And with Manchester United a no-go, City appear to have a free run at the player. But looking at the situation, we can’t help but feel that Liverpool should put themselves into the race.
Phillips is 26 and moving into his prime years. As a sitting midfielder, too, he likely won’t peak until he hits 30 – and holding midfielders can go on playing well into their 30s, too. He’s not a short-term investment at all.
Liverpool could easily slot him into midfield. Phillips could cover Fabinho, operate alongside him in a two or even take the Jordan Henderson role in a midfield three. He’s got the energy and all-around game to do it.
Phillips is also used to a high-tempo, pressing style as he thrived in one under Marcelo Bielsa. Throw in his homegrown status and there’s an awful lot of value in a deal.
In fact, Liverpool better have something pretty special lined up if they’re not going for Phillips.
Liverpool and a Kalvin Phillips alternative
So Phillips looks like a potentially great signing. The only way he doesn’t is if Liverpool have bigger plans and they genuinely might.
Sport Bild claim Liverpool want Jude Bellingham, to name one. He’s arguably the brightest young prospect in the world right now and we believe he’d be absolutely perfect for the Reds. Saving the money – and squad space – for a move in 2023 makes a lot of sense.
Then there’s Aurélien Tchouaméni. He’s another Liverpool supposedly want and another we think could be magnificent for the club. Again, he’s one of the most promising young players around and a star signing for whoever gets him.
So if Liverpool don’t want Phillips – a player who ticks so many boxes for them – we’ve got to believe they have bigger signings in mind. Perhaps that points to Bellingham or Tchouaméni down the line. We certainly hope so.