Report: Burnley eye move for Liverpool defender Nat Phillips
Burnley could make a move for Liverpool defender, Nat Phillips, this summer, as Sean Dyche looks to strengthen his defensive ranks.
The Reds defender has been in sensational late-season form for Liverpool and his boss, Jurgen Klopp. Phillips’ performances helped the Reds into the Champions League, with Klopp labelling him ‘incredible’ at one point.
“Oh my God, what a player, what a night for him. It was absolutely great. The concentration level he shows week in, week out when he is playing for us is absolutely incredible,” Klopp said of his man back in March.
But the Daily Mail, citing a report from the Sun, claim that Phillips is now a targer for Burnley. The no-nonsense defender could be available for around £10m, per a number of reports.
Further, Phillips could also be willing to leave. The signing of Ibrahima Konate has pushed him down the pecking order. And with a taste of regular Premier League football under his belt, he could opt to move on.
Burnley are also said to be eyeing Joe Worrall from Nottingham Forest, as well as Phillips. The Forest man will represent cheaper wages, with Phillips reportedly on around the £65k-a-week mark.
Burnley want Nat Phillips – Liverpool have a big decision to make here
It would be a shame to see Phillips pushed out of Anfield but ultimately, he might need to take a step back to move forward.
He’s been outstanding stepping in this season. He is robust, committed, and everything Liverpool fans would want from a defender. Sadly, he’s not of the same quality as Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, and now, Konate.
Burnley would be a solid move for Phillips, in fairness. But it’s Liverpool who have the big decision to make. Do they trust Rhys Williams if injuries pile up again? Or do they trust Phillips and keep him on board for now.
Time will tell, but the Reds do face a big call with Phillips here.