Jurgen Klopp has ‘no desire’ to sell Nat Phillips this summer, according to reports. The Liverpool defender is in a difficult position.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst. The journalist gave a Q&A session on the Echo’s site.
One fan asked him whether Liverpool would sign a replacement if Phillips left this summer. ESPN claim that’s very possible, given Ibrahima Konate’s arrival pushes him down the pecking order.
But according to Gorst, the Reds wouldn’t sign a replacement. They may not even sell the 24-year-old.
“No, Liverpool won’t be bringing in a replacement for Nat Phillips if he does move on this summer,” he said. “There’s no desire from Klopp to sell him, so it’s basically down to the player himself and if interest arises.
“Not aware of any at this stage.”
Klopp doesn’t want to sell Phillips
It is a strange one. Liverpool not signing a replacement really proves there’s no great need for a fifth-choice centre-back but that’s what Phillips is right now.
Providing everyone recovers from their injuries, he’s behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Konate. Though, there is a chance one, two or even all of them are out for periods next season.
That would feel unlikely but they were all out last season. Van Dijk from October, Gomez from November and Matip from January. Konate missed big chunks of the season with hip problems at RB Leipzig, too.
So Phillips does have a chance of getting games next season – it’s certainly not impossible. It is improbably, though. There’s no getting around that.
But the power is in Phillips’ hands. He needs to decide what’s best for his career as Klopp is happy to keep him around the first-team next season.
Does he want to take his chances at Liverpool or make step down for regular football? It’s certainly not a simple decision.