Liverpool could reportedly loan out Nat Phillips, with Michael Carrick’s Middlesbrough one of a handful of sides interested in signing the defender.
The defender was wanted by the likes of Leeds United with talks even taking place between the Whites and Phillips over a potential transfer earlier this summer.
However, a deal has never materialised, and Middlesbrough could be on course to sign Phillips on loan, with former Manchester United coach Carrick likely to give the centre-back a chance to shine.
Indeed, Phillips has already impressed in the Championship after starring for AFC Bournemouth under Scott Parker in the 2021/22 season, where Scott Parker hailed the defender as ‘exceptional’.
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Whilst a loan deal would make sense, there will be a mood of disappointment around the Liverpool community that the Reds weren’t able to sell Phillips on a permanent deal.
Liverpool should still try and sell Phillips for good
Heading into this summer, Phillips was one of a number of players that looked like a sure-bet to leave Liverpool permanently this transfer window.
However, like many fringe players on Liverpool’s books, the Reds have simply failed in trying to sell Phillips, who could have fetched a good fee for the right club.
Instead, the defender is now likely to leave on a loan, a position no player at the age of 26 wants to find themselves in, with Phillips in need of a new permanent home this summer.