Liverpool have to wait on Nat Phillips as he decides his future, according to reports. The Reds are leaving it in his hands.
This is according to James Pearce. The journalist talked with the 1892 Podcast about potential dealings for Liverpool this summer.
It’s not all straightforward, either, as the Reds figure out who will be at the club next season. There are over 40 players, including youngsters, training with the first team right now. That’s too many and some will have to move on.
But Liverpool are happy to leave certain choices with players. One of those is Nat Phillips, who decides his own future this summer.
“There’s certainly no desire to kind of shove Nat Phillips out the door because Klopp absolutely loves him,” said Pearce.
“The players love him as well, because he surpassed everyone’s expectations last season. I think Nat Phillips knows that having had a taste of it, he’s probably going to be going back to being fourth or fifth choice. And does he want that at this stage of his career?
“If he does, then I think Klopp will be absolutely delighted to keep hold of him. If he doesn’t, Klopp will understand and if the right offer comes in, he’ll let him go.”
Nat Phillips decides on his future
It’s an interesting one. Right now, we can’t see how Phillips possibly plays enough next season to justify staying. He’s behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate in the pecking order.
You look at that and it’s hard to believe that Phillips plays unless the worst injury crisis happens. But then, that’s exactly what did happen last season.
All of those players were out for most of the campaign – even Konate at RB Leipzig. So Phillips knows it’s far from impossible that he gets a good chance again.
Especially as all of those players, particularly the first three, run an increased risk of reoccurrence next season. Phillips really might want to take his chance on that.
After all, anywhere from Liverpool will be a step down. Phillips knows he can cut it at Anfield, though, and won’t want to give that up.
It all depends on what he’s willing to risk for that opportunity. No one would blame him for moving on and chasing regular first-team football.
At the same time, you can understand why he wouldn’t want to give up on his Liverpool dream. It came true last season, after all.