Report: Liverpool coaches wowed by 25-year-old in training; he wants to leave
Liverpool defender Nat Phillips has impressed the Reds coaches with his attitude in training, according to The Athletic.
The 25-year-old currently finds himself in limbo at Anfield in wake of the transfer window closing.
Toward the start of the summer transfer window, Phillips suggested that he was ready to quit Liverpool.
The centre-back, speaking to the Liverpool Echo in June, said he aspired to be playing regular Premier League football.
This is something he hasn’t had at Anfield, save for one spell in 2020-21 when the Reds had an injury crisis at the back.
The likes of Bournemouth, Benfica and Burnley were reportedly hoping to sign Phillips.
However, injuries to Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip meant the Liverpool hierarchy decided not to let Phillips go.
Sporting director Julian Ward and Jurgen Klopp agreed that the 6ft 3in ace would stay as back-up.
Phillips has made just one appearance so far this season, starting and playing 63 minutes against Crystal Palace.
The Athletic stated that ‘being taken off the market was hard to take for Phillips.
‘He wants to kick on with his career and knows that with Matip fit and Konate on the comeback trail, his game time is likely to be heavily limited in the coming months as he returns to being the fifth-choice centre-back.
‘However, Klopp’s staff say his attitude and application in training have continued to be exemplary and they know that won’t change.’
In January, Phillips will likely have suitors knocking on Liverpool once again. Hopefully by then he can finally get his move.
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