4 transfers Liverpool have beaten Man Utd to as £60m Kalvin Phillips is chased

Jurgen Klopp is looking to get one over Manchester United yet again with Liverpool joining the Red Devils in the race for Kalvin Phillips.

Daily Star Sport has exclusively revealed that the Reds have joined United in pursuing a move for the Leeds United midfielder.

Leeds are keen on tying down their prized asset to a long-term contract but know they will be unable to compete financially with more lucrative moves to either Old Trafford or Anfield.

The Phillips saga is not the first time United and Liverpool have gone head-to-head over a player and in recent history, the Reds have often come out on top.

Daily Star Sport had delved through the archives to bring you four occasions where Liverpool have bested Man Utd in the transfer market.

Virgil van Dijk

Arguably the best centre-back in the world, van Dijk has been a revelation at the back for Liverpool since signing in January 2018.

But it could have been all so different if Jose Mourinho had chosen to sign the Dutch defender.

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' was linked with both Victor Lindelof and van Dijk in the summer of 2017, but signed the former with van Dijk then moving to Merseyside.

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Klopp bid for him in the same summer as Mourinho but had to wait until the winter window to complete the transfer as Southampton were unwilling to let their star man leave so close to the deadline.

The German boss finally got his man five months later, with van Dijk a central figure to the Champions League and Premier League success that followed.

Sadio Mane

The Senegalese sensation snubbed a move to Manchester in 2015 due to his desire to stay and develop his craft at Southampton.

The same could not be said when Liverpool came calling only 12 months later.

Louis van Gaal lodged a £25m bid for Mane but the player was unconvinced on a move to Old Trafford and decided to stay on the south coast for another season.

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The 29-year-old was then subject to another approach the following summer, this time from Jurgen Klopp, with Mane leaping at the chance to join the Reds.

Speaking to the Mirror after his £36m move, Mane credited Klopp's personality and management style as his reason for joining.

He said: "From when he met me, he made it so easy for me to adapt not just in the team but also at the club as well. Liverpool was the only place for me."


Fabinho was constantly linked with a move to Old Trafford in 2017, with Manchester City also rumoured to be interested in the Brazilian.

While at Monaco, the club's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev confirmed there was strong interest from both Manchester sides but the Ligue 1 club were unwilling to sanction a move away.

French outlet Nice-Matin allege Fabinho hit out at his employers stating, "I was closer to leaving than staying" and how he "was frustrated at the end of the window" that a move hadn't materialised.

The Brazilian joined Liverpool a year later in a £43.7m deal.

Thiago Alcantara

The Spaniard has twice been linked with a move to Manchester United with club legend Rio Ferdinand even confirming on his YouTube channel that Thiago asked him to sort out a move to Old Trafford in 2013.

Despite initiating the phone call, the silky midfielder opted to join Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich before snubbing Man Utd again in 2020 to join Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

German publication Bild state the Red Devils were trying to hijack his move to Merseyside and had contacted his advisors about a proposed deal.

Yet Thiago rebuked their advances and instead penned a four-year deal with the Reds.

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