By Kieran Maguire

20th Jun, 2021 | 7:00pm

Pundit backs Liverpool to sign 'magnificent' Leeds star Phillips as agent speaks out

Curtis Jones is not at the level to replace Georginio Wijnaldium at Liverpool – Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips would be a much better option.

That is according to ex-Premier League hitman Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Leeds’ midfielder’s agent spoke out about speculation linking him with an Elland Road exit.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror (20th June print edition, p76), Kevin Sharp said: “I’ve got no desire to move Kalvin and he’s got no desire to move.”

Phillips, whose Leeds deal expires in 2024, won plaudits aplenty in 2020-21 and is currently starring for England at the Euros.

Jones, 20, has been heralded as a replacement for the outgoing Wijnaldum and featured 24 times in the Premier League for Jurgen Klopp’s side last term.

But Phillips claims that the Leeds midfielder would represent a much better option if he could be tempted away from Elland Road after all.

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“I think Jones is a good player,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“But if Liverpool want to compete for the Champions League and Premier League again next season, you need to go out and spend money.

“Someone like Kalvin Phillips on the other hand, imagine him at Liverpool. I think he’d be a magnificent signing for them. He’s got that great big-game mentality, we saw that against Croatia.

“I don’t think too many Leeds fans would thank me for it, but imagine him in a Liverpool shirt. He’d be a tremendous replacement.

“He can play that slightly more advanced role. He can get forward and get back, he’s got such great energy and he’s got a range of passing.

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