Liverpool have lowered their demands for Nat Phillips in an effort to get him sold, according to reports. It could happen this week.
The report suggests Phillips could leave very soon and the Reds have lowered their demands in an effort to get a deal. Initially asking for £12m to £15m, Liverpool will now accept less.
There isn’t, however, a suggestion of who might bid for Phillips. He had Premier League interest in the summer – as well as reports linking him with Benfica – but there haven’t been any recent links.
Still, if Liverpool do lower that asking price, it’s surely only a matter of time before someone takes a chance on the 25-year-old.
Nat Phillips to leave Liverpool
The biggest sign of the substance behind this is that Liverpool recalled Rhys Williams this week. He’s gone straight into the first-team squad – almost certainly as a replacement for Phillips.
Not that Phillips will be easily replaced. He’s something of a favourite at the club and is unquestionably reliable. Liverpool have always been able to call on him in an injury crisis, as best seen in the 2020/21 campaign.
But even now, with Virgil van Dijk out, Liverpool were able to bring Phillips off their bench against Wolves last week. He has a role, albeit limited, and so the Reds won’t allow him to leave for nothing.
We imagine the asking price is now between £8m and £10m, depending on the interest. That interest should really be there, too. Phillips is a player who has excelled every time he’s been given an opportunity, after all.
He was labelled ‘superb’ for his efforts on loan at Stuttgart. Phillips then shone in the Premier League for Liverpool before helping Bournemouth earn promotion last season.
Someone, surely, will give Liverpool want they want in the coming week.