Pundit predicts PL star to turn down new deal amid Liverpool links

Date published: Tuesday 28th September 2021 2:33 - Lewis Oldham

Liverpool linked midfielder Kalvin Phillips

Former Premier League defender Alan Hutton believes Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips may turn down a new contract amid his links to Liverpool.

The midfielder has spent his entire career at Leeds and his game has moved to the next level under Marcelo Bielsa.

Phillips played 29 times in the Premier League last term and he is now a regular for England.

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The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent months. Man United have also emerged as a potential destination for him.

Hutton has told Football Insider that he suspects that Phillips may reject a new Leeds contract:

“He’s got a couple of years left.

“It doesn’t surprise me they’re trying to tie him down. There’ll be all sorts of teams sniffing around him.

“Fair play to him, he’s been an outstanding performer for Leeds. He is now an outstanding performer for England. He’s taken his game to a new level.

“I don’t think Leeds are the same team when he’s not playing. They’ll be desperate to tie him down a long-term deal.

“But will he sign one? I’m not so sure. There will be a lot of teams after him in the next year or so.

“We’ll have to see how that plays out, but he could definitely play a very high level.”

Back in July, Leeds defender Liam Cooper suggested that Phillips is “one of the best midfielders in the world”:

“He announced himself in that first game against Croatia and I’ve told him that his life has changed forever now. He knows that though, he’s not a stupid lad and lives his life the right way anyway,” Cooper said.

“I’ve seen his journey from a young lad to where he is now and it’s been a pleasure to see – and he belongs there.

“He works so hard here [at Leeds], all the boys and the people of Leeds think the world of him and he deserves everything that comes his ways.

“I’ve seen how hard he works every single day, I see how much he takes on and turns it into his game. For me, he is one of the best midfielders in the world right now.”

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