Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips says he would be open to leaving after being strongly linked with a move to West Ham.
He is a fan-favourite at Anfield after he helped the Reds achieve an improbable top-three finish in the Premier League last season, despite a multitude of injuries to key players.
He combined with Rhys Williams to help his side achieve Champions League qualification for this season’s tournament and their incredible form in Europe this season would not exist without him.
On Wednesday, the London Evening Standard reported that West Ham are ready to push forward with a £10m move to sign Phillips after injuries to Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma.
When asked about the speculation, Phillips said he would be open to the opportunity, as he realises there is too much competition at Liverpool for it to be realistic for him to become a starter at Anfield.
“I want to be playing games. It’s been tough because the competition to get in this team is fierce,” Phillips told Sky Sports.
“The manager and I agree that the best thing for me is to play as many games as possible. I think you saw last year I developed well.
“I’m going to see what comes along (in January) and go from there. I think at this moment in time it’s unlikely that I’ll be playing lots of games for Liverpool, so if an opportunity arises where I get the chance to do that somewhere else and it suits everyone then it’s certainly something I’d be interested in.”
It will be sad to see Phillips go because he has become part of the fabric at Liverpool. But he is too good to be fifth choice and he is more than good enough to be a starter at West Ham.