Liverpool told to sign Man City midfielder Kalvin Phillips over Jude Bellingham
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The signing of Jude Bellingham is not 'necessary' for Liverpool this summer - and they should target Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips instead.
Liverpool must now look at other targets, and speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday's trip to Leeds, Klopp addressed the Reds' chances of signing Bellingham.
He said: "We cannot have six players in a summer, everyone for £100m.
"We are not children. When you ask a five-year-old what they want for Christmas and they say a Ferrari, you wouldn't say, 'Oh, that's a good idea'. You would say, 'No, that is too expensive, and anyway, you cannot drive it'.
"If that kid is unhappy their whole life because he cannot get a Ferrari, it would be a really sad life. You look what you can do, and you work with that."
Now, Klopp has been advised on which player he should target instead.
Liverpool told to sign Phillips this summer
Speaking on talkSPORT, ex-Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino thinks that Phillips would be a good addition to Liverpool's squad this summer.
However, his move to the Etihad Stadium hasn't gone to plan. Injuries affected him in the first part of the season, but he is still yet to start a Premier League fixture for Pep Guardiola's side.
Still, Cascarino has explained why he believes Liverpool should make a move.
He said: "I think [Bellingham's] a fantastic player. Do I think he's necessary for Liverpool at the moment? No.
"I think they need way more of an engine room that was so similar to what they had a couple of years ago. And that is winning that ball back.
❌ "I don't think Bellingham is necessary for Liverpool!"— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 15, 2023
👊 "They need two midfielders who can get that ball back."
🤩 "I like Kalvin Phillips... He's a fabulous baller."
Tony Cascarino believes #MCFC's Kalvin Phillips is a better fit for #LFC than Jude Bellingham! pic.twitter.com/9PWVRp4JeN
"They need two midfielders that can get that ball back as quickly as they can. I think that would make a massive change.
"Jude is a fabulous talent and every team in the country would want Jude Bellingham, because he's a massive talent. I don't think he's necessary for Liverpool. I think there are more important players that need to come in before then.
"The most important thing is two players that can play, a bit like the Jordan Henderson type that can play and pass and do things, but first and foremost they need ball winners in there.
"I like Kalvin Phillips at Manchester City. He's not been used, and Rodri's performances have been extraordinary, but I think he's a fabulous ball winner. I saw him enough at Leeds to go, 'What ability he's got at getting the ball back'."