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BREAKING NEWS: Manchester City could sell £160,000-a-week Liverpool-linked midfielder



BREAKING NEWS: Manchester City could sell £160,000-a-week Liverpool-linked midfielder

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been linked with Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, and journalist David Ornstein’s latest comments will encourage the Anfield faithful.

The Daily Star reported in April that Liverpool are interested in signing Kalvin Phillips from Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

The report claimed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp personally wants the former Leeds United midfielder at Elland Road.

The Merseyside club are reportedly willing to pay £35 million for the £160,000-a-week (SalarySport) England international.

Newcastle United and West Ham United have also been linked with the midfielder.

And The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has said that Premier League champions City could sell the 27-year-old in the summer transfer window.

Ornstein said on Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel: “There’s a bit of uncertainty over Kalvin Phillips.

“Think Manchester City would be open to letting him go, but I am not sure he wants to go at this point so early in his Man City career.”

Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty ImagesLiverpool should bid for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips

In our opinion, Liverpool should make a bid for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips in the summer transfer window.

If the Citizens are open to offers for the former Leeds United star, then Liverpool should at least try to sign him.

Yes, of course, we know that the Reds have just signed Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton and Hove Albion, but there is room in the team for one or two more midfielders.

After all, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner all are leaving Liverpool this summer.

Thiago has had injury problems, and Fabinho has not been great in recent times.

Phillips has really struggled to make an impact at City this season, but he was brilliant for Leeds in the Premier League and would make Liverpool better, stronger, more solid and more combative in the middle of the park.

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Mauricio Pochettino dealt familiar Liverpool blow after unseen Philippe Coutinho role in Alexis …

Mauricio Pochettino could be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu after seeing Alexis Mac Allister sign for Liverpool.

The new Chelsea manager had made a late swoop for his compatriot, report The Times, only to be left disappointed, with the Argentina international’s preference being to work with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

While the fee for the 24-year-old is undisclosed, it has been reported to be as low as £35m courtesy of a release clause inserted in the new contract Mac Allister penned last October. Meanwhile, the World Cup winner will wear the No.10 shirt at Anfield.

This isn’t the first time a South American No.10 has snubbed Pochettino’s advances in favour of a cut-price switch to Liverpool. The same thing happened back in January 2013 when the Reds landed Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan.

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The Brazilian had spent half a season playing for Pochettino on loan at Espanyol in the second half of the 2011/12 season. With the Argentine taking over as Southampton manager in January 2013, he quickly decided he wanted to reunite with Coutinho.

Southampton even had a £10.2m bid accepted for Coutinho by Inter, only to be pipped to the post by Liverpool. And Pochettino would later brush off missing out on the player.

“I am not frustrated about not being able to sign him,” he said. “I knew there was a small chance he would come here, but overall I have not had much time to consider new signings,” he said.

“I am very happy with the squad which is available to me. We all know who Coutinho is, and that he is a quality player. However, there are other factors when we want to sign a player.”

Coutinho would then actually reject Pochettino’s advances for a second time in the summer of 2019, opting to join Bayern Munich on loan from Barcelona rather than his Tottenham Hotspur side.

While his fortunes since will hardly have made Pochettino regret missing out on his signature four years ago, it will have been a different story the first time around when Liverpool landed the Brazil international in 2013. The playmaker would end up returning 54 goals and 43 assists from 201 appearances during five years with the Reds, before completing a club-record £142m move to Barcelona in January 2018.

Now, 10 years on from first being snubbed by the Brazilian, history has repeated itself with a South American No.10 declining Pochettino’s advances in favour of Liverpool.

And in a further coincidence between the two transfers, one of Mac Allister’s representatives is Juan Manuel Gemelli, who represents a number of high-profile South American players and was actually involved in the deal which brought Coutinho to Anfield from Inter in the first place. Club bosses have a longstanding relationship with the agent as a result of that switch a decade ago, which is believed to have aided with their signing of Mac Allister.

Liverpool bosses can now only hope that Mac Allister is able to follow in Coutinho’s footsteps and be equally successful at Anfield, as Pochettino is left watching on enviously from Stamford Bridge. Considering he is already a proven Premier League player, and World Cup winner too, in contrast to a then unproven 20-year-old, the odds are stacked firmly in Mac Allister favour.


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