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Opinion: Liverpool shouldn't stop Nat Phillips if he wants £10m transfer

Liverpool should allow Nat Phillips to leave in the transfer window – if that’s what he wants. The Reds shouldn’t stand in his way.

It seems Liverpool have a transfer approach from Burnley for Nat Phillips. That’s according to the Telegraph.

They claim Liverpool are open to the idea, too, as long as Burnley meet their asking-price. That’s currently an initial £10m with more in add-ons.

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That’s really not a lot of money for Phillips. He’s a fairly established Premier League centre-back now, who just proved capable of delivering a third-place finish.

He’s had games in the Champions League knockout stages, too. How many low-end Premier League sides can sign players like that?

Phillips isn’t a very young player at 24 but he’s also not quite in his prime years. Honestly, £10m is a complete steal. If Burnley can pull that off, then good for them.

Liverpool know his true value, though. We’ve all seen what Phillips can bring, even with as little experience as he has. We imagine he’ll be worth twice that in a year’s time, with a bit of luck.

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Phillips already looks like a very good player and that’s on the back of partnering Ozan Kabak and Rhys Williams. How good could he be alongside a top, experienced defender?

Even Burnley’s defenders carry far more experience than what Liverpool had at their disposal last season. Phillips should look even better alongside them.

So all in all, £10m could be a bargain and Liverpool aren’t getting full value there. At the same time, we’re think they’re completely right to sanction a deal at that price.

Deserved

There isn’t too much room for sentimentality in football, unfortunately. It’s a business to many, after all. But we do like to see it whenever possile.

And here’s a fine example. Phillips has absolutely earned himself regular football in the Premier League. Despite years of reserve-standard games and time in the German second division, he’s proven to be good enough for England’s top flight.

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After last season, we don’t think Liverpool should stand in the way of that.

It’s highly unlikely Phillips gets regular football again next season. Maybe another injury crisis happens but it almost certainly won’t and without that, he’s fifth choice.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate all stand in front of Phillips. He’s just not going to get the games he deserves. He’s good enough – no doubt about that – but not quite on their level. And in Konate’s case, he doesn’t boast the same potential.

Phillips’ heroics last season should earn him a move to a club where he can get those games, though – if he wants that. If staying with Liverpool is his choice, then that’s that.

But if he wants regular games, sacrificing a few million to get him what he’s earned is the right move to make.

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