Skip to main content

Liverpool Legend Says Kalvin Phillips Isn't The Man To Replace Gini Wijnaldum Amid Transfer Speculation

Stevie Nicol has recently said the Reds shouldn't sign Leed's Kalvin Phillips after there was a lot of shouts for Liverpool to sign the English midfielder following his impressive performance in England's first EUROs game.

Kalvin Phillips had a great match for England in their opening group game against Croatia. The midfielder was covering every blade of grass and set up Raheem Sterling for the only goal of the game.

After Phillips' impressive performance, there was calls by Liverpool fans to bring the Leeds man to Anfield this summer to replace the departed Georginio Wijnaldum.

Kalvin Phillips

However, the Leeds man is a crucial part of Marcelo Bielsa's side, playing 29 games this season. He is also contracted with the Whites until 2024 so he won't be going anytime soon.

Liverpool legend Stevie Nicol has also had his say on the speculation and believes that if Phillips was to replace anyone, it would be Fabinho and not Wijnaldum.

Scroll to Continue

Read More

“No (Phillips would not be a good replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum) I think Phillips, if he is going to replace anybody [in the Liverpool team] Phillips would replace Fabinho”, Nicol said on ESPN

“Phillips did well (against Croatia), he broke forward, he did play a great pass to Sterling but that’s not his game, that’s not how he plays with Leeds, that’s not what he’s used to doing.

“So that wouldn’t be his job if he was to replace anybody in the Liverpool midfield.”

Kalvin Phillips

Nicol is probably right about this. Phillips usually plays more of a 'quarterback' role for Leeds, very similar to Fabinho. The 25-year-old is frequently playing long balls over the top for Patrick Bamford to attack.

Nethertheless, his performance against Croatia did prove he can play a more attacking role in the right system. Leeds wont sell him unless a ridiculous bid comes in and Phillips isn't the type of player we need currently, so this speculation is a non-starter.