Goal.com journalist Neil Jones has revealed the future of Nat Phillips at Liverpool will ultimately come down to the amount of money that the Reds are offered for the English defender.
Phillips was one of the heroes of Liverpool’s season as they finished 3rd in the Premier League in spectacular fashion.
With Jurgen Klopp’s three main defenders – Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip – all falling to injury, Phillips was forced to take centre stage as he was deployed at the heart of the Reds’ patched-up defence.
However, following his performances across the season, Phillips has reportedly attracted interest from a number of clubs across the Premier League.
As Liverpool recently announced the signing of Ibrahima Konate, it may be expected that Phillips could be surplus to requirements next season, leading to speculation on his future and where he could be playing his football next season.
Speaking on The Redmen TV YouTube channel, Jones had this update to give on Phillips’ situation:
“I think he’s very much realistic about the idea that the chances are, again, it depends on the money on the table from another club, whether it’s 12, 15 million pounds, potentially for someone like him.
“I think he’s of the mindset that when that offer comes, the chances are Liverpool are going to say, ‘there’s your chance’, and when Liverpool do say that, I do think he’ll take that chance.”
TIF Thoughts on Nat Phillips’ future…
Jones makes a fair point, Liverpool could receive a generous offer for the 24-year-old defender and decide to cash in on him, especially given that his value will arguably be at an all-time high given his recent exploits.
Phillips could find himself down as fifth-choice centre-back next season once Klopp has all of his options to hand, meaning that after playing so much football last season he could face a spell on the bench if he stays at Anfield.
Whether he is content with that will likely determine his future, based on what Jones had to say.