Liverpool have set their transfer stance on Nat Phillips, according to reports. The Reds have a big decision to make this summer.
This comes from ESPN. They claim Liverpool are open to offers for Nat Phillips in the transfer window.
The Reds expect to have several centre-back options next season. The returning Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will be supplemented by Ibrahima Konate – leaving little room for Phillips.
Thus Liverpool will listen to offers from other clubs for the 24-year-old. Similarly, Rhys Williams will struggle for games next season, though he should depart on loan.
Nat Phillips to leave Liverpool?
It’s not a shock but it is very harsh. Phillips turned into Liverpool’s saviour this season as there was no chance they’d have qualified for the Champions League without him.
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Phillips proved he’s a capable Premier League centre-back and good enough to hold his own in massive games. But we think the timing might be wrong, here.
Liverpool have both Van Dijk and Matip pushing into their 30s. We imagine they’d like to invest in an elite, long-term replacement and Konate fits that bill.
Phillips, as good as he is, doesn’t quite have that same potential. If Liverpool were merely looking for a solid option, he’d have a place. As a long-term star, though, we’re not sure.
What we can say for sure, though, is that Phillips could be a star for many Premier League sides. One of the most impressive things about him this season, after all, is that he’s played well without necessarily suiting Liverpool’s style.
Phillips is a brilliant defender in his own box, heading away everything and clearing the ball. He becomes a one-man wall in front of his goal, deflecting anything and everything he gets near.
That’s undoubtedly his strong-suit, rather than the high-line, high-press system Liverpool play. Phillips doesn’t quite have the pace for it and is prone to some rash moments.
The fact he’s been brilliant in that system reflects wonderfully on him, though. Phillips has the reading of the game to adapt – he’s a very intelligent footballer.
And we think if a Premier League side picked him up and played him in a system that suited him ideally, they’d get a tremendous player.
But how much should Liverpool ask for? Quite honestly, we don’t think anyone would regret paying £20m for Phillips. He’s not someone like Rhian Brewster or Dominic Solanke, after all. The 24-year-old is ready to go right now and be a defensive rock.
He’s proven in the Premier League and should quickly improve.
We’d be very sad to see Phillips go, certainly. He’s good enough for Liverpool and has earned his place in many ways. But if everyone decides it’s time to go, he deserves a good Premier League move.