Liverpool have had a quiet summer so far, most transfer business has been centred around youth players with the likes of Melkamu Frauendorf arriving and Marcelo Pitaluga reportedly on his way. There is time for more business, particularly departures. According to James Pearce, Liverpool are looking to offload Nat Phillips in the coming weeks with a number of clubs interested.
Nat Phillips Reds’ career
Liverpool signed Nat Phillips in 2016 with the player joining from the Bolton Wanderers academy.
The centre back was 19-years-old when he joined but has failed to establish himself in Jürgen Klopp’s first team plans.
Phillips has spent the last year on loan at VfB Stuttgart, interrupting his loan spell to come back and play in the FA Cup against Everton – a game he was thoroughly impressive in.
Liverpool to offload Phillips
According to James Pearce, Liverpool are looking to offload Nat Phillips before the start of the season.
Bristol City in the Championship are thought to be the forerunners for the player’s signature.
Pearce has claimed that the Reds are considering both temporary and permanent moves for the defender as Jürgen Klopp has decided that he doesn’t need him next season.
What RTK has to say
It is no surprise that Liverpool will be moving Nat Phillips on before the start of the season.
The Reds squad is already bulging after the return of a number of loan stars such as Phillips, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.
The wage bill would be trimmed by Phillips’ departure and a space opened up for younger centre backs to develop.
The move would, however, confirm that the 23-year-old is not Klopp’s fourth choice centre back, leaving the matter of Dejan Lovren’s replacement still unresolved.