Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a move for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips next summer with a fee of £50million touted to land the England ace – and Jamie Redknapp’s recent comments will excite supporters.
Phillips, 24, has broken into the England side of late under Gareth Southgate, after two excellent years with Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa. It has seen Phillips become the heartbeat of an exciting, in-form Leeds side.
The Mirror claim both Tottenham and Liverpool are interested in Phillips, and are set for a tug of war next season over a move for the Leeds midfielder. He signed a new five-year contract last season, keeping him at Elland Road until 2024.
It is believed that £50million could be enough to sign Phillips. Redknapp, who played for both Liverpool and Tottenham, discussed Phillips after he starred for England during the international break – and his verdict will clearly excite fans.
“I really like this boy. I like the way he plays; he’s super smooth on the ball, he’s not fazed,” Redknapp told Sky Sports, as per Leeds Live. “I always look at midfielders, and when they’ve got time on the ball, for me, they’re doing the right thin.
“But the game, he makes it look easy. “He’s full of confidence, he’s got a manager in Bielsa who demands excellence, he demands hard work.”
TBR’s view – Phillips, which club needs him more?
Liverpool brought in Thiago Alcantara and Tottenham signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the summer from Southampton. Both clubs have strengthened their options at the base of the midfield – but Phillips remains a player that can improve either side.
Thiago played ahead of Fabinho on Saturday in a more attacking role, and if the duo combine, it means Liverpool could require cover for Fabinho. Phillips would be ideal, but surely he would rather stay at Leeds than join Liverpool as a back up.
At Tottenham, he could start alongside Hojbjerg. Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks are fighting for the other slot in the starting XI, and neither are showing their best form. A move to Spurs, then, would be better than Liverpool.