Liverpool sent Phillips transfer message amid Real Madrid battle
Liverpool transfer news is coming thick and fast despite much of the conversation around the club being the proposed European Super League.
The Reds, among other clubs around Europe including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, have been slammed for their potential involvement in the breakaway league.
Regardless, the club is planning for the summer transfer window, and are looking at potential targets for when the season ends.
Georginio Wijnaldum's imminent departure seems to be the big talking point in terms of transfers, with Jurgen Klopp expected to move quickly to replace the midfielder.
Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumours.
Liverpool urged to sign Leeds ace
Liverpool have been urged to make a move to sign Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips.
The Reds will likely want a replacement for Wijnaldum this summer if he completes his expected move to Barcelona, and Emile Heskey believes Phillips would be he ideal target.
“You can know your job and not really know when you receive the ball how to play those penetrative passes," he said to Rousing The Kop of England international Phillips.
"He has those passes. He has the dogged ability to get around the pitch and put in some tackles as well.
“He has every side of his game, whether you can get him is another thing.”
Wijnaldum criticised over contract stance
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Central midfielder Wijnaldum is expected to leave the club in the summer and join Barcelona on a free at the end of his contract, having snubbed the chance to stay.
And club hero Graeme Souness believes he's let the speculation over his future get to him on the pitch, and claimed he's not playing with the same intensity anymore.
"Wijnaldum is leaving for Barcelona and I’m not sure how I’d have reacted to a player who made it clear he was off, how that goes down in a dressing-room," he wrote for The Times.
"The players may make a joke of it, but it also may not sit well with all of them..
"He’s not played with the same intensity this season, Henderson has been absent with injuries, Naby Keita has not shown he can step up, Milner’s another year older, Fabinho’s often filled in at centre back and Thiago Alcantara has come into a team that’s been huffing and puffing."
Liverpool face Madrid transfer battle
Liverpool are eyeing a move for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, according to reports in Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport.
The tall striker has bagged 15 goals in Serie A so far this season, only Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo have more in Italy's top tier.
The forward has been referred to as the 'Serbian Zlatan Ibrahimovic' due to his prominence in the air, and has been linked with a host of other teams.
The striker is also being watched by Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma and AC Milan.
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