According to the latest reports, Liverpool is plotting to move for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
A torrid campaign has left Liverpool sitting seventh in the table, seemingly out of reach for a Champions League finish.
Real Madrid knocked them out of Europe after a 6-2 aggregate defeat, and Brighton dumped them from the FA Cup.
The Reds boss, Jurgen Klopp, has faced problems with his midfield, and he is in dire need of new recruits this summer.
Since withdrawing from the race to sign Jude Bellingham, Liverpool has turned its attention to other midfield alternatives, and the list of targets is growing by the day.
The next name to be added to the list is Phillips, who has struggled to establish himself at the Etihad.
Phillips to Liverpool?
Manchester City signed Phillips from Leeds for £50 million last summer, but he has not started a single Premier League game since his arrival.
Moreover, the midfielder was excluded from training after returning from England training out of shape.
Guardiola was unhappy with Phillips’ decision to take all nine days of allocated holiday, and he has been unable to secure a place in the team.
Guardiola did not include Phillips in the starting lineup for Manchester City’s 3-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Sheffield United, despite Rodri’s absence.
This suggests that Phillips is not part of Guardiola’s plans.
With his future up in the air, Liverpool have identified Phillips as a potential addition this summer, claim theDaily Star.
West Ham has also shown interest in Phillips, but he is believed to prefer a move to Liverpool to rejuvenate his career.
Although a move may seem sensible, Manchester City is unlikely to sell to a direct rival.