LIVERPOOL have joined the race to sign Leeds and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, according to reports.
It was revealed last month that Manchester United were keen to turn their attention towards the 25-year-old if a Declan Rice transfer was not on the table.
But they now face stiff competition from the side who thrashed them 5-0 at Old Trafford last weekend.
And, according to The Star, Phillips is more enticed by a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side than the Red Devils.
This is because he is concerned about the impact a move to Leeds‘ rivals Man Utd could have on his family, who all still live in the Yorkshire city.
The acquisition of Phillips will likely cost his suitor around £60million as he has established himself as an international level player with England.
Since making his national team debut last year, he has already featured 17 times for the Three Lions and was a key part of Gareth Southgate’s side at Euro 2020.
Leeds are still keen to keep hold of Phillips, who is a fan favourite at his boyhood club.
The hard-working midfielder has a contract at Elland Road that does not expire until 2024.
And Leeds bosses would be happy to renegotiate his contract to make him the highest-paid player in the squad if it meant keeping him long-term.
However, Phillips remains concerned about the possibility of manager Marcelo Bielsa leaving at the end of the season.
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If this was to happen, it would leave the England man pondering his chances of winning trophies with Leeds.
Earlier this week it was reported that Man Utd sold Dan James to Leeds in a bid to improve relations between the two clubs ahead of a move for Phillips.
The Welsh winger joined Bielsa’s squad for £25m in the summer after first team opportunities became few and far between at Old Trafford.