Liverpool defender Nat Phillip’s short stint back on Merseyside appears to be over.
The 22-year-old centre half will head back to Germany in the coming days according to Neil Jones.
Since temporarily ending his loan with Bundesliga II side Stuttgart he has made just one appearance for the Reds.
Despite this his brief cameo at Anfield has been a huge success for everyone involved.
The player has been the biggest benefactor, as Phillips was able to make his Liverpool debut. A massive achievement for any player and it is made even bigger by the fact it came in a Merseyside derby. During the game he played well and looked relaxed throughout the game. Alongside Joe Gomez he shut out the Everton forwards and ensured we kept a clean sheet. Curtis Jones scored the only goal of the game which sent the Reds into the next round of the FA Cup.
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Jurgen Klopp has shown great managerial ability and quick thinking to make this deal happen. On paper it a strange piece of business, but in reality, it makes so much sense. By temporarily bringing Phillips back to Anfield he has helped manage our defensive crisis. The German has been able to give Virgil Van Dijk some much needed rest and Joel Matip the necessary time to fully recover from his injury. By sending him back out on loan the Reds boss is also ensuring the young defenders development doesn’t become stagnated on the Liverpool bench.
Lastly, it’s worked out perfectly for Stuttgart. You can be sure they have received some type of financial reward for allowing this unorthodox deal to take place. Whilst the German side have also gained favour with a club who are the best in world football . This means the Reds will be more than willing to allow more of our young prospects to head to Stuttgart for first team football.