Liverpool Football Club is reportedly reigniting its interest in Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips,
Phillips, 27, who had been a target for Eddie Howe’s midfield rebuild at Newcastle, now finds himself potentially linked to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp seeks to bolster his midfield options.
Initial Interest from Newcastle United
At the onset of the transfer window, Newcastle United set their sights on Kalvin Phillips, hoping to add the midfielder to their ranks. However, Phillips resisted their initial interest, expressing his intent to stay and prove himself at Manchester City. Following a somewhat challenging debut year at the Etihad. Phillips remained determined to fight for his place and prove his worth under Pep Guardiola’s guidance.
Phillips’ stint at Manchester City hasn’t gone as smoothly as he had hoped. Despite winning the treble in his debut season after his £42 million transfer from Leeds, Phillips has found himself spending more time on the bench than on the field. His lack of game time has raised questions about his future with the club.
The chance to join Liverpool’s ranks could provide the midfielder with a new avenue to showcase his talents and secure regular minutes on the pitch.
Liverpool to Plug Gaps in MIdfield with Kalvin Phillips
Despite Phillips’ resolve to remain at Manchester City, the transfer landscape appears to be shifting once more. According to reports, Liverpool is considering making a move for Phillips. The Reds had previously explored the possibility of signing him during his time at Leeds. Now, as the summer transfer window draws to a close, Liverpool’s interest has been reignited.
Liverpool has been on the hunt for a defensive midfielder, facing difficulties in securing their preferred targets. Moves for Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia fell through, prompting Klopp to explore alternative options. Phillips, a player well-regarded by Klopp, offers a potential solution to Liverpool’s midfield conundrum.
However, Kalvin Phillips has publicly expressed his commitment to Manchester City. He remains resolute in his desire to compete for a place in Pep Guardiola’s squad. Phillips acknowledges that establishing oneself at a club like Manchester City can take time. Consequently, he’s determined to work hard to earn his spot.
“We have just won the Treble, so there is no reason for me to leave other than if I am not playing I will obviously have to think about it…I will definitely speak to Pep.”
However, whether Phillips’ stance remains unchanged, especially with the European Championships looming next summer, remains to be seen. Additionally, If Manchester City opts to enter into transfer negotiations, it remains uncertain whether they would be open to conducting business with a direct competitor.
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