Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips‘ future at the club is still yet to be determined, as the club’s pre-season tour draws near.
According to Goal, Liverpool are unsure what to do with Phillips, who has been made available this summer.
It’s claimed that Liverpool are still ‘open’ to a loan move for the 25-year-old. However, whether or not he leaves will reportedly be dependent on what kind of offers The Reds receive.
As of now, Phillips is set to be a part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad for the tour of the Far East, which will get underway next week.
Deja Vu for the Bolton Baresi
Phillips must be one of the most frustrated men in football. Despite it being widely known that he’s on the market, no bids appear to be forthcoming. It’s an identical situation to the last two windows.
According to The Athletic in December, Liverpool put a £15m price-tag on Phillips for a January sale. After failing to secure a permanent transfer, The Reds eventually allowed the centre-back to join Bournemouth on-loan on deadline day.
Phillips impressed on the South Coast, helping Bournemouth back into the Premier League. After his successful stint, the Cherries reportedly approached Liverpool last month about taking him temporarily once again.
Although there was nothing official, it’s safe to assume that Liverpool turned that option down, perhaps hoping for a permanent sale. Almost a month on, and Phillips’ future is no more clear.
Many would happily see the ‘Bolton Baresi’ carry on at Liverpool. He’s proven himself to be a good option for Klopp to have in the squad.
However, at this stage sticking around is simply harming his career. £15m doesn’t sound unreasonable, but knowing Liverpool’s position, maybe clubs are waiting until the end of the market in order to get themselves a better deal.
It will be nice to see Nat in a Liverpool kit once again as pre-season fires into life. But hopefully he can find himself a permanent home sooner rather than later.