Liverpool looked at a transfer from Burnley when setting a valuation for Nat Phillips, according to reports. The centre-back will likely leave the Reds next month.
This comes from the Athletic. They claim Nat Phillips will leave Liverpool in the January transfer window, with the likes of West Ham United and Newcastle United interested.
It doesn’t exactly surprise, of course. Phillips is fifth-choice right now and only has one start this season – a dead-rubber against AC Milan.
Phillips did play wonderfully well at San Siro but with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate ahead of him, it’s hard to see when he’ll get games. Moving on makes sense for all parties and Liverpool have set an asking price here.
That’s £15m and they’ve come to that figure thanks to a transfer from Burnley. That’s apparently what the Clarets paid for Nathan Collins and Liverpool believe they should receive something similar.
Collins had 39 games in the Championship before moving to Burnley as a 20-year-old. If that kind of talent costs £15m, Liverpool think Phillips should, too.
Liverpool set Nat Phillips transfer valuation
Phillips doesn’t quite boast enough experience at 24 to command more, we suppose. And certainly, everyone would have gasped at this valuation a year ago – the defender was a non-entity at Liverpool.
But Phillips enjoyed the finest football of his career in 2021, establishing himself as a Premier League centre-back as Liverpool secured a third-place finish. We’ve also just seen him go to San Siro and command Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
As we recently wrote, that makes Phillips a bargain. He may not have seasons of experience but he’s proven so much in 2021 – far more than most centre-backs this year. Getting a 24-year-old centre-back who finished third in the Premier League is usually impossible.
We wonder if Liverpool will want to attach a clause to this one, then. Phillips’ valuation makes sense but it is almost certainly far below his ability level.