Alex Bruce says that Kalvin Phillips could find it hard not to be distracted by reported transfer interest from Liverpool in the summer.
Phillips has once again been in outstanding form for Leeds this season, helping his boyhood club to top spot in the current Championship table, leading to links with a number of the top-flight clubs, including Manchester United.
The latest to be credited with an interest in the midfielder are runaway league leaders Liverpool, who are said to be considering a move for Phillips when the transfer window reopens, as Jurgen Klopp aims to boost his midfield options.
Those links are something that Bruce believes will be hard for Phillips to ignore, and discussing whether the midfielder is good enough to make the move to Anfield, the former Leeds defender told Football Insider: “I think there’s no reason why he wouldn’t, why doesn’t everybody deserve the opportunity?
“He’s got great potential, he’s an excellent player, I think he would take some prising away from Leeds because Leeds in the Premier League, he’s a Leeds lad, everybody can see he’s got a huge, huge rapport with the supporters.
“However, when a club like Liverpool comes in, if they are in for him, then obviously that would turn anyone’s head. I don’t see any reason why that would be nonsense because he’s a very good player, he’s young, the right age and has got huge potential.”
A graduate of Leeds’ academy Phillips has gone on to make a total of 175 appearances in all competitions for the Whites, and only signed a new contract with the club earlier this season, securing his future at Elland Road until the end of the 2023/24 season.
I do think Bruce has a point here.
With the success Liverpool have enjoyed in recent years, the Merseyside club would undoubtedly be an attractive destination to just about any player in world football at the minute.
On the flip side to that however, the strength in their squad means it could be difficult for someone such as Phillips to walk straight into their starting XI next season – when he would be making his debut in the Premier League – and you wonder whether he would be willing to play a reduced role after being such a key player for Leeds in recent years.