Liverpool advised to push through deal for £42m Prem star branded ‘perfect fit’ for Klopp system


The Reds boss has seen his midfield options dwindle this summer on the back of six exits from his engine room. And while the Merseysiders long planned for the departures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Arthur Melo and Naby Keita, the sales of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho came rather more out of the blue.

To address the shortfall, Liverpool quickly brought in both Alexis Mac Allister and new Kop idol, Dominik Szoboszlai. Waturu Endo has also recently been brought in from Stuttgart for a modest £16.2m – but Klopp needs at least one more body before the window slams shut.

To that end, his focus has centred down to three players in Ryan Gravenberch, Kouadio Kone and Cheick Doucoure. Of the three, it is Doucoure, who has been most strongly linked. And while Crystal Palace are reluctant to sell, there is a theory that an offer of £70m would leave them with little choice but to cash in.

As a result, reports on Saturday morning claim Klopp is pushing Liverpool bosses to meet that fee and bring the Palace star to Anfield.

However, of late the Reds have also been linked with a surprise swoop for Phillips. The England star has found game-time hard to come by at Manchester City since a £42m move from Leeds last summer.

As a result, reports of a move to Anfield – potentially even on a season-long loan – have gathered pace in recent days.

And with Phillips in need of more minutes to enhance his prospects of making England’s 2024 European Championships squad, the move has been given a big thumbs up.

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