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Liverpool transfers: James Pearce expects Nat Phillips movement

Journalist James Pearce expects teams to look into transfers for Nat Phillips. The Liverpool centre-half could still leave this month.

The Athletic’s James Pearce believe Nat Phillips could still be one of the transfers late in the summer window. This one isn’t over, it seems.

“I was told that Liverpool are still open to offers for Nat Phillips,” Pearce told the Red Agenda podcast. “Of course, with [Ibrahima] Konaté, they’ve got four elite centre-backs there, they’ve also got Rhys Williams as a fifth option at the moment.

“There’s been loads of interest in Nat Phillips, but no suitable offers on the table as of yet, but I think I’d expect that to change the closer we get to the deadline.”

Pearce has previously written for The Athletic that a ‘suitable offer’ would be around £15m. The next few weeks could be big, then.

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Honestly, £15m for Phillips would be a steal. We’re not entirely sure how a team hasn’t put that forward, given some of the offers in this window.

The defender proved last season that he can play successfully in a side competing for the top four. He did that while not necessarily suiting Liverpool, either – Phillips’ skillset might lend itself even better to a deeper defensive line.

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But perhaps everyone is playing mind games here. After all, Phillips is currently fifth-choice at Liverpool and the Reds would likely prefer the money.

Other teams know that negotiating will be easier by the end of the window, when Liverpool can’t really afford to wait. That’s our guess, anyway, so Pearce is probably on the money when he says bids are on the way.

Though, we don’t think it’s beyond the realm of possibility that Phillips stays. Jurgen Klopp is a fan of the player he called a ‘monster’ last season and Phillips might be ideal cover as the first-choice four continue injury rehabilitation.

Ben Davies’ departure points in that direction, anyway.

The next two weeks should be telling. We’d like Phillips to stay but as fifth-choice, we’d certainly understand a sale.

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