By Kevin Phillips

29th Nov, 2021 | 10:00am

Phillips: Liverpool tipped to sign central midfielder and 'big' deal 'should be done' in January

Liverpool will go out and spend money on a new central midfielder next year despite the rise of Tyler Morton.

That is the view of 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Morton’s breakthrough at Anfield.

The 19-year-old made his Champions League debut on Wednesday as the Reds beat FC Porto 2-0 at Anfield.

Speaking to BT Sport after the win, Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on the young midfielder for his “exceptional” performance.

Liverpool’s midfield was weakened last summer following the exit of Georginio Wijnaldum upon the expiration of his contract.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if Klopp had found a solution in Morton, Phillips said:

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“It’s brilliant that he has come in and taken his chance. Liverpool have some great players coming through their academy.

“But let’s be honest, it’s big pressure to put on a young player. It is hard to rely on a young kid throughout the season. This is Liverpool we are talking about. They are fighting on all fronts this season.

“I think it would be a big mistake if a top-class midfielder isn’t signed in January. It should be. Or, maybe next summer.

“If you go out and do that you can allow Morton to develop at the right space. Rather than put pressure on him.

“It’s fantastic that he has got some minutes. But I still think Liverpool will go out and spend money in that area.”

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