Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips is likely to be sold permanently at the end of the season, with plenty of interest in the Englishman.
THE LOWDOWN: PHILLIPS OUT ON LOAN
The 25-year-old became an unlikely hero for the Reds last season, filling in during a defensive injury crisis and helping Jurgen Klopp’s side finish third in the Premier League.
Phillips has been largely deemed surplus to requirements in 2021/22, however, making just three appearances for Liverpool before joining Bournemouth on loan in January.
The centre-back has played his part in the Cherries sealing promotion from the Championship, making 16 league starts.
THE LATEST: PERMANENT SUMMER EXIT?
According an early morning report from The Liverpool Echo, the Reds will listen to offers for Phillips this summer, especially if Joe Gomez ends up signing a new deal at Anfield.
Bournemouth are thought to be eyeing up a permanent move for the defender, whose current Liverpool deal runs out in the summer of 2025.
Phillips will always be appreciated for his efforts last season – Klopp hailed one performance as ‘absolutely insane’ – but the truth is that he is not at the required level to make it at Liverpool, meaning he should be moved on.
Bournemouth are perfect for the Englishman, in terms of being a lower Premier League or upper Championship side, and he could thrive there over a long period, as evidenced by his role in their promotion.
With Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez all ahead of Phillips in Klopp’s centre-back pecking order, it is impossible to see him getting many chances from this point on.