Nat Phillips has claimed that there have been no discussions about his future at Liverpool for the time being.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Phillips insisted that talks over where he’ll be playing next season will take place over pre-season.
“I think we’ll talk in pre-season,” said the 25-year-old. “The season’s just ended, it’s summer and everyone is on a break. There’s not really been any discussions so far.”
Phillips famously excelled for Liverpool during an injury crisis in the 2020/21 season. After seeing players return from injury and Ibrahima Konate then signed over the summer, he fell down the pecking order last season.
And the bustling centre-back has claimed that seeing Konate brought to the club added to the uncertainty of his future.
“It’s unsettling (new players coming in) but it is what it is. I didn’t know where I was going to be but that’s the nature of the game, that’s football. I’m not the only person in the game who has not known where they are going to end up,” he said.
Liverpool ready to listen to offers for Phillips
According to reports yesterday, Liverpool will listen to offers for Phillips over the summer window.
That’s hardly a surprise. The Reds were hoping to offload the defender last year too, but couldn’t find a buyer for their £15m asking price.
After becoming an ever-present in Bournemouth’s successful bid for Championship promotion, the hope is that he’ll have a few more suitors this time.
He certainly should have. Phillips has proven himself to be a solid defender at both Premier League and Championship level.
At twenty-five he is still young enough to improve further and being English, he ticks a box on the homegrown front.
Liverpool stick to their guns with asking price
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool are willing to lower their demands for Phillips. But given his form for Bournemouth and his showings for The Reds last season, they shouldn’t really have to.
Hopefully the ‘Bolton Baresi’s’ future can be sorted out sooner rather than later. As good as he is, he needs to leave Liverpool to kick on what looks like a really promising career.
He’ll always be remembered at Anfield for what he did to help Liverpool qualify for the Champions League. A move this summer would suit all parties though.