The Star claim Liverpool have ‘prioritised’ a £35m move for Manchester City star Kalvin Phillips after pulling out of a deal for Jude Bellingham – only a year since he left boyhood club Leeds United for the Premier League champions.

It has been a frustrating first season at City for the England star, managing just 16 outings for Pep Guardiola’s side. On Saturday, he got just 15 minutes in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley for City in a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

A shoulder injury ruled him out for the first half of the campaign, after decided to end his Leeds spell – having only ever played for his boyhood club. It comes after rejecting the advances of Aston Villa, West Ham and other clubs.

But now, he is warming the bench at City and looks unable to break into the side past Spain star Rodri. Instead, acting as cover for the midfielder. The Star say Liverpool are looking for midfield reinforcements and Phillips is one.

Indeed, the Reds have decided not to pursue a deal for Bellingham given he would likely cost their entire summer budget. Instead, they are going to look to bring in two or three midfielders – and a £35m deal for Phillips is a priority.

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Liverpool prioritise £35m Kalvin Phillips deal a year after leaving Leeds

It would be a wonderful move for Phillips. Liverpool need a holding midfielder to rival Fabinho, who has been poor this season. Phillips would give Fabinho some top-tier competition, while he could also play with the Brazilian.

Jordan Henderson and Thiago are renowned for their deep-lying, hard-working performances in the engine room with Fabinho. Manchester City prefer to use more attacking options – meaning the Reds have more space for KP.

A potential bargain at £35m, it would see City instantly lose £15m on Phillips but after the season he is having – they will have been expecting as much, if they do decide to sell. It seems as though it would be a move that suits all.

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