Since joining Manchester City, the midfielder has failed to make an impression
According to reports, Liverpool are seriously considering a summer move for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
What is the most recent news about Phillips‘ future?
The Reds have three players out of contract at the end of the season in James Milner, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and with Arthur Melo returning to Juventus, central reinforcements will be required during the upcoming transfer window. Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool have dropped out of the race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, so he will be looking for suitable alternatives, and the 27-year-old is a new name to have been linked.
The Premier League maestro joined the Etihad Stadium from Leeds United in July 2022 for a fee of £45 million, and despite making 16 appearances to date, he has yet to start a single match in the top flight, so is significantly out of favour having failed to make an impression under Pep Guardiola. As a result, he could be looking for a move elsewhere to increase his playing time, and if that is the case, FSG have emerged as Anfield admirers.
The Daily Star reports that Liverpool “want to sign” Phillips from Manchester City this summer in a deal worth up to £35 million. After suffering the financial blow of Bellingham, Klopp has personally “targeted” the midfielder and has stated that he has made him “one of his main targets” heading into the upcoming window.
The Reds have “let it be known” that the Sky Blues midfielder is “on their radar,” and he is said to be “open to a move” to Merseyside. The Three Lions star would “relish” the chance to relaunch his career as he looks to “boost his chances” of being named to Gareth Southgate’s squad for next year’s Euros.
Should Liverpool spend big money on Phillips?
Phillips is a natural defensive midfielder, as evidenced by his ranking in the 99th percentile for tackles made by central midfielders, and his previous performances for England earned him the nickname “Rolls Royce” from journalist Josh Bunting, and he would be a solid addition for Liverpool.
The World Cup and Champions League participant also contributed 27 goals (14 goals and 13 assists) during his time at Leeds and possesses leadership qualities, having captained the Whites on occasion in the absence of Liam Cooper, so would fit in nicely alongside his international counterpart Jordan Henderson.
Finally, Phillips has the same agent as Caoimhin Kelleher, Ibrahima Konate, and Rhys Williams, so a move could be easier than expected to complete, and at £35m, it would be a steal for the Reds if they can get this deal done in the summer.