KALVIN Phillips is ready to snub Manchester United for Liverpool in the summer.
The England international, 26, is a transfer target for the Red Devils who are desperate to bolster their midfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are also keen on the Leeds United midfielder, who was outstanding at Euro 2020 for the Three Lions.
However, Phillips’ loyalty towards his current employers has made him wary of a move to the Yorkshire side’s bitter rivals.
SunSport has learned he is unwilling to upset Leeds fans and harm his status at the club by making a switch to Old Trafford.
He believes they would, instead, be much more accepting of a move to Anfield if he looks to progress his career.
Phillips has been one of the first names on Marcelo Bielsa’s team sheet in recent years.
The Yorkshire Pirlo, as he was christened by the fanatical Leeds support, joined his boyhood team when he was just 14.
Since 2014, he has appeared over 226 times – captaining the side for the first time in their Carabao Cup win over Crewe Alexandra this season.
But, with Leeds struggling for form in the Premier League, he could be tempted into signing for a bigger club at the end of the season.
And they will be without their talisman for two months, according to reports.
Phillips limped off 55 minutes into the Whites’ 2-2 draw with Brentford and looks likely to be out until the new year.
Boss Bielsa was unable to confirm the nature of Phillips’ injury after Sunday’s match at Elland Road.
But it has now emerged it was a hamstring injury which could keep him out until February, according to the Mail.
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