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Liverpool miss out on Kalvin Phillips as West Ham secures midfielder

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In a surprising turn of events, Liverpool Football Club has officially missed out on the opportunity to secure the services of Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips. The former Leeds United star is now on the verge of completing a move to London. He will be joining David Moyes’ ambitious West Ham side, according to renowned transfer insider Fabrizio Romano.

Liverpool, at one point, found themselves in the mix for the talented England international. However, with Wataru Endo and Alexis Mac Allister flourishing in the No.6 role, the need to bolster the midfield further may not be deemed essential at this stage. Both players have demonstrated their effectiveness in the position, making the pursuit of Phillips less pressing for the Merseyside club.

Phillips’ impressive stats despite fewer minutes

Despite limited playing time in recent years, Phillips has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable players on the ball. According to statistics from FBref, the midfielder impressively ranks in the 98th and 99th percentiles for passes attempted and passes completed, showcasing his proficiency in ball distribution. Additionally, Phillips has posted promising progressive figures and performed admirably in defensive metrics.

It’s worth noting that these statistics represent a slight decline from his previous accomplishments. This is understandable given his time at the Etihad. Limited playing opportunities might have contributed to this dip in numbers, but his overall skill set remains highly regarded.

As the midfield landscape at Anfield continues to evolve, the missed opportunity to sign Phillips maybe viewed as minor setback. Liverpool’s current midfield duo, Endo and Mac Allister, have proven their worth. Jurgen Klopp’s focus may now shift to other areas of the squad that require reinforcement. Meanwhile, West Ham gains valuable addition in Kalvin Phillips, further enhancing their midfield options under the management of David Moyes.

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