According to a report, Liverpool remain interested in signing Manchester City benchwarmer Kalvin Phillips as Jurgen Klopp eyes more midfield reinforcements.
The Reds have completed the summer signings of Wataru Endo, Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboslai but the sales of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have left Klopp very short in the middle of the pitch.
The Merseyside outfit did uncharacteristically make a £110million bid to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton but the player made it clear he wanted to join Chelsea and that is exactly what he did.
Southampton’s Romeo Lavia was another top midfield target and he also joined the Blues, much to Klopp’s frustration.
This led to the German manager delving into the Bundesliga market, surprisingly signing Stuttgart captain Endo for around £19m.
Endo made his debut for the club in Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League victory over Bournemouth, coming off the bench shortly after Mac Allister received a straight red card.
Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks, though Phillips’ name is one that seems to crop up every couple of weeks.
The England midfielder joined Manchester City from Leeds United for around £45million last summer but has only started two matches under Pep Guardiola, playing a whopping 300 minutes in the club’s Treble-winning campaign.
Despite a lack of opportunities at the Etihad (Phillips has more trophies lifted than starts made), the former Leeds favourite seems reluctant to leave City.
This is amidst links to West Ham United, so perhaps his stance would change if Liverpool come calling.
And according to talkSPORT, the Reds are still keeping tabs on Phillips and could make a move for him before the September 1 transfer deadline.
Speaking on Monday, transfer journalist Alex Crook said this prospective transfer would be a “great move” for the 27-year-old and is “one to keep an eye on”.
“Kalvin Phillips is a player Liverpool looked at before he went from Leeds to Man City, and we know it’s been a tough window for Liverpool in terms of target they’ve missed out on,” Crook said.
“Phillips is someone who is proven in the Premier League, he got that £50million move to City on the back of a really good European Championship for England, and we’ve got a Euros at the end of the season.
“I think at the start of the season Phillips wanted to stay and fight for his place at Man City, but he was on the bench with a load of kids at the weekend and he isn’t going to force his way into that team.
“Surely if he wants to play for England at the Euros, this would be a great move for him.
“It’s one to keep an eye on from now until the end of the window.”
Phillips has found it impossible to usurp Rodri in Guardiola’s starting XI, which is nothing to be ashamed of, though surely he has higher ambitions than warming the City bench every single matchday.
The Cityzens played a mind-boggling amount of football last season yet Phillips could only manage 12 appearances across all competitions.
With Euro 2024 just around the corner, he has got to make the move.