Liverpool reportedly passed up on the deal to sign Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips despite it being an easy pursuit for them.
According to The National News, the Reds do not want stopgaps and will only sign players they believe are an upgrade on their current playing XI.
They also do not want new signings to start at the top of their wage bill as they believe in maintaining a tight structure at Anfield.
Easy to sign?
Nothing would’ve been easy if Liverpool were actually in the race to sign Phillips, given the fact that Manchester City are interested in him.
Knowing that he would actually be a starter at Liverpool and only a bench option at City, Pep Guardiola would’ve pushed even harder for their title rivals not to sign a potential world class midfielder.
Add to that, PSG are also credited with an interest in his services and both clubs have deeper pockets than the Reds.
From a Leeds perspective, the club will be finding it increasingly hard to retain Phillips’ services as two giants of the European game can offer him crazy wages.
They would also hand him the chance to compete for trophies and play in the Champions League – something that he’s unlikely to get at Leeds in the prime of his career.
We remain hopeful, but with each passing day, it only seems likelier for him to seal an Elland Road exit this summer.