Liverpool target Kalvin Phillips has delivered a huge contract update on his situation at Leeds United, amid recent transfer speculation regarding a move away from Elland Road.
The Lowdown: Premier League interest
The 26-year-old has been in talks for quite some time now over trying to agree new terms with the Lilywhites, but this has been stalled as a result of the midfielder changing agents at the end of the season.
The Reds are just one of the many Premier League teams that have been linked with the 19-time international in recent months, whose deal expires in 2024, but now Phillips has given a new indication surrounding his future at the club.
The Latest: Committed to his club
It’s claimed that Leeds want to hand him a pay rise as a reward for his efforts and despite interest from the Anfield outfit, it states that the £38k-per-week star has told chairman Andrea Radrizzani that he is ‘happy’ to remain in Yorkshire.
The Verdict: Too many options
You can’t deny the impact that Phillips can have on a squad and his passing ability, which currently averages an 82.9% success percentage rate, is a great asset to have in the midfield of any side.
Even more so given his trademark diagonal longball that Leeds uses to good effect. He has also been lauded for his defensive attributes with former Three Lions boss Steve McClaren, who dubbed him a “destroyer” to Sky Sports News (via LeedsLive).
This will certainly be a big blow to manager Jurgen Klopp and co, especially if their interest is genuine.
However, whenever top-level clubs are typically interested in a player, the asking price can be dramatically increased and this is proving to be a similar situation.
With Klopp already having the likes of Jordan Henderson (84.8% accuracy) and Thiago (87.5% accuracy) as options in that area of the pitch, it’s difficult to see why Liverpool would pay the reported £70m fee for the 5 foot 8 ace when that could be money spent more beneficially elsewhere.
A blessing in disguise for the Merseyside giants, perhaps.
In other news, Liverpool have reportedly reached an agreement to sign a young Premier League starlet. Find out who it is here.