Reported Liverpool transfer target Kalvin Phillips is determined to stay and fight for his place at Manchester City.
Phillips has barely played since arriving at the Etihad from Leeds United last summer. But despite reports linking him with a move to the likes of Liverpool, TalkSPORT claim that he’s set to stay at City.
The England international reportedly thinks he can force his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans next year. As a result, he’s said to be prepared to shun a potential move away.
However, it’s claimed that this doesn’t mean he’s certain to remain at City. Any final decision surrounding his future will reportedly lie with Guardiola himself.
Should the Spanish coach decide that Phillips is surplus to requirements, TalkSPORT name West Ham United as an interested party.
Phillips not heading to Anfield
Phillips has continually been reported to be of interest to Liverpool ever since last summer. The Reds were due a midfield upgrade a year ago but infamously chose to keep their powder dry.
Arguably, targeting the then Leeds man 12 months ago would have made a good deal of sense. Described as ‘phenomenal’ by England teammate Kieran Trippier [Leeds Live], he looked ready to make the next step up. Phillips would likely have improved Jurgen Klopp’s options at that time.
Liverpool reportedly turned down the chance to sign him, though. And in hindsight, it’s a good job that they did. Injuries have restricted the 27-year-old’s appearances severely this season. The last thing the Reds need is another player who spends more time on the treatment table than the pitch.
But that hasn’t stopped the Anfield links returning of late. After failing to make the grade at City, it’s reasonable to think that Phillips could be on the market once more.
As Liverpool collate a long list of potential targets, perhaps Phillips is on there somewhere. If he is, let’s hope it’s somewhere towards the very bottom.
We don’t think the Yorkshireman is quite good enough to force himself into City’s XI. And if he isn’t good enough for them, then he isn’t good enough for us.