Kalvin Phillips is on Liverpool’s radar this summer, talkSPORT understands.
Phillips has not come on in any of Man City’s four games so far this seasonGetty
However, he was snapped up by their Premier League rivals Man City instead, with him moving to the Etihad for £50million last summer.
It’s been a tough window for Jurgen Klopp and co, with them missing out on midfield targets Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia who opted to sign for Chelsea instead.
Following Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and fellow midfield Fabinho’s departures, the Reds are in real need of some reinforcements in the middle of the park.
talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent Alex Crook said: “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.
“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 had limited game time last term, but now has a Premier League, a Champions League and an FA Cup to his nameGetty
Phillips is a proven Premier League midfielder, helping Leeds to finish 9th in their first season back in the top flight and making 49 Premier League appearances in total for the Yorkshire side.
He also represented England Euro 2020 as the Three Lions reached the final and was involved in his country’s run to the quarter-finals in the 2022 World Cup.
But he hasn’t quite had the same joy at Man City, making just 12 Premier League appearances and playing 21 games in total.
He was absent for 14 games due to a shoulder injury. However, this season, there’s no signs Phillips will force his way in to Pep Guardiola’s starting XI, with him sitting on the bench for their opening four fixtures.
Phillips had wanted to stay at Man City and fight for his place, and could follow the same fate as Jack Grealish, who needed a season to gain a regular spot in the team.
He made two substitute appearances for England at the 2022 World Cup in QatarGetty
But with the 2024 European Championships fast approaching, it’s sensible to assume Phillips will be wanting consistent game time to prove he’s worthy of an England call-up for the tournament.
talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan believes there could be one issue, though.
“It’d be interesting to see if there’s any resistance from Man City to do business with Liverpool and if there’s any push back on advancing a rival and give them something they’re missing,” he said on White and Jordan.
However, given Guardiola gave eventual title rivals Arsenal Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko last summer, Man City may be willing to do business.