Nat Phillips could yet stay with Liverpool next season, according to reports. It all depends on the futures of two teammates.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They believe that Nat Phillips could stay at Liverpool for the 2022/23 season and beyond – though, it’s not for certain.
It all depends on talks with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. Liverpool will sit down with each of them to find out their plans and from there, what to do with Phillips.
Matip is arguably still a first-choice centre-back for Liverpool. He had a fantastic season last time out but there is a slight feeling that Ibrahima Konaté moved ahead of him to end the campaign. If so, it’s hard to see how Matip will ever get that place back.
Gomez was once in that position, too, but injuries crippled his season. He became a distant fourth choice and it’s unknown how he feels about that. There’s certainly a first-team place for the Englishman if he stays fit but he’ll have to wait.
It could be, then, that the two of them are open to moving on over the next two or three years. Matip, in particular, is moving through his 30s and won’t be at the elite level for much longer. Gomez might want regular football elsewhere, rather than fighting with Virgil van Dijk and Konaté.
And if the two of them decide their long-term futures are elsewhere, Phillips will likely stick around.
Nat Phillips could stay
We all know that Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Phillips. He talks him up every chance he gets and admits that he ‘loves the boy’. Thus we imagine he’s particularly against letting him go.
And it’s understandable. Everyone has seen Phillips perform well for Liverpool and he can deliver big performances against the top teams. In a lot of ways, he’s an ideal fourth-choice centre-back – especially with his homegrown status.
Potentially holding onto him makes a lot of sense to us, then. Liverpool should wait and see what their centre-back options will look like going forward and whether Phillips can slot in there as an option.