Last season Liverpool had to turn to the unlikeliest of heroes. An injury crisis led to the Reds rummaging through the squad for depth. The Bolton Baresi answered the call. In an interview with Goal, Nat Phillips has spoken about his future with Liverpool.
Bolton Baresi hero
Last season Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season in October when he ruptured his ACL.
A few weeks later we lost Joe Gomez for the season with his own knee injury.
Joel Matip was in and out of the side until his own season ender in January.
Liverpool turned to Nat Phillips just weeks after his move to Swansea City collapsed.
The 24-year-old stepped up and stood out, shining for the Reds across his 20 appearances in all competitions.
His solid displays earned him the nickname the ‘Bolton Baresi’ and a cult following in the Reds’ fan base.
Nat Phillips on Liverpool future
There has been plenty of speculation about the player’s future.
Nat Phillips could leave Liverpool this summer.
The Athletic has reported that the Reds will listen to offers of £15m for the defender with Burnley and Brighton interested.
In an interview with Goal, Nat Phillips discussed his Liverpool future:
“Every player wants to be playing games, and at the stage I’m at, I need to be playing games for my development.
“I think if you look from my first game last season to my last, there was development and I felt a lot more confident and comfortable. I want to keep that progression.
“In terms of Liverpool, they obviously play a huge amount of games every year. Game-time is never guaranteed for anyone, but it would depend on whether there’s enough opportunity within those games for me, I guess.”
What RTK has to say
Minutes will be hard to come by for Nat Phillips next season.
The Bolton Baresi is behind the returning Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip in the pecking order, as well as the soon to arrive Ibrahima Konate.
A move would make sense for him, at 24-years-old he should be playing every week and he’ll keep improving. Let’s stick a buyback clause in any deal.