Former striker Kevin Phillips believes Aston Villa may look to offer Ezri Konsa a new contract to ward off interest from the likes of Liverpool in the summer transfer window.
The Reds signed Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies in the winter market late on but there is probably still a good chance they will look to add further defenders in the off-season at the end of this campaign.
Indeed, The Athletic reported earlier this week that Konsa was of interest to the Reds and Phillips believes that Villa may therefore look to act as a preventative measure.
Quoted by Football Insider, Phillips said:
“He’s been at the heart of everything Villa have done this season. He’s been excellent with Mings, they haven’t been breached too much this year.
“Naturally, when you get big clubs sniffing around, you’re probably going to get offered a new deal. It happened to me at Sunderland, the club came and said: ‘We want to offer you a new deal.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
It’s a good point that Phillips makes and we’ll have to see whether that is exactly for Villa decide to do.
We’re taking about a very handy centre-half that is improving a great deal at the moment and, naturally, Liverpool would be keen on that given their recent history of signing players on an upward trajectory.
Villa appear firmly back amongst the elite after having a fine season, however, and will be eager to try and show Konsa his future remains at Villa Park.
Reds fan and writer for Anfield Watch, currently based in the south and still not over Xabi Alonso’s exit. Also a match-going reporter in the EFL.