Nat Phillips has agreed to a new contract with Liverpool. The 24-year-old is sticking around long-term.
This comes just hours after claims the player was likely to leave on deadline day. There was even a price in mind: £12m.
Instead, Phillips will stick around for the foreseeable future and, certainly, this season. It’s not a situation we really saw coming.
Nat Phillips signs new contract
There is absolutely no doubt that Phillips deserves a new contract. We’re not sure what he was on beforehand but he earned a reward with fantastic performances last season.
Liverpool’s injury crisis opened the door for Phillips. He ended up playing a regular role to end the season, with his displays helping the Reds to a top-three finish.
No one could have predicted that. Phillips, who previously had no top-flight experience, proved himself to be a reliable first-team player for Liverpool. He’s more than good enough to perform in the Premier League and that deserved a reward.
We’re just surprised he took it. As we say, injuries opened the door last season but returning players closed it this summer. Especially as Liverpool added Ibrahima Konate.
Phillips now sits as fifth-choice in the pecking order behind some elite players. Is he going to get any games this season? We’re really not sure. If everyone stays fit, the answer may be ‘no’.
We figured it was in his best interests to find a move away. Liverpool could secure a decent fee for someone they’d have gotten nothing for a year ago. Phillips would get regular football at a decent side.
Instead, he’s moved back into the role he had a year ago before his coming-out party. It’s just a surprise.
For Liverpool, they’re arguably stronger at centre-back than they’ve ever been. There’s no doubt that this is good for them, assuming they were unable to sell the player.
But for Phillips, we just hope this is the right decision.