Liverpool may deem James Milner surplus to requirements if Bayern Munich utility man David Alaba moves to Anfield in the summer.
That is the view of former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 28-year-old moving to the Premier League.
Fabrizio Romano revealed in the Guardian this week that the Reds are one of a number of top European clubs in the race to sign the Austria international in the summer.
Alaba has less than six months left on his contract at the Allianz Arena and will be available on a free in July.
He can play as a centre-half, a left-back and a central midfielder, playing extensively in each position during his time at Bayern Munich.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the potential arrival of Alaba, Phillips said: “He could be a great utility player for them, someone like a James Milner.
“That signing could spell the end for James Milner. Has he got another year left on him at Liverpool?
“It would be a danger to him if Alaba comes in, a player that can play in centre-midfield, left-back and at centre-half… It would be a no brainer to sign Alaba.”
Milner, 35, has entered the final 18 months of his contract at Anfield.
He has been heavily linked with a return to his boyhood clubs Leeds in recent years, the player himself admitting that he is open to the idea.