Liverpool Cult Hero set to LEAVE this summer

Nat Phillips

Another Liverpool player is ‘set to leave’ this summer as clear-out under Arne Slot continues.

The Reds have begun life under Arne Slot in earnest, with the Dutchman overseeing pre-season training with a group of players who have returned early. Slot is not only overseeing training but also examining the squad to determine which players to keep and those he would allow to leave. 

So far, goalkeeper Adrian, Joel Matip, and Thiago Alcantara have all left after their contracts expired. However, according to reports, the Anfield club is set to sanction the departure of another player this summer. The player in question is centre-back Nat Phillips.  

Per the Athletic, Liverpool have already rejected a £4million bid from Turkish side Trabzonspor for the Englishman, who had loan spells at Celtic and Cardiff last season. 

Phillips is a popular figure among the Anfield faithful after his heroics in the second half of the  2020/21 season when he, alongside Rhys Williams, helped Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League following an injury-hit campaign to Liverpool’s choice centre-back.

But the 27-year-old has failed to hold down a place in the first team since that season and has had to go to Bournemouth, Celtic and Cardiff since. He was part of the group that returned to pre-season last week and is attracting interest from a number of Championship clubs, including Burnley. 

The Clarets appointed Scott Parker as their new manager earlier this week, and the Englishman already knows Phillips. Both men spent time together when Parker was Bournemouth’s manager. 

However, given that several clubs are circling for him, Liverpool are in no rush to sell. They value Phillips at £ 8 million and will only sanction his departure if a club meets their valuation of the player. 

But the defender is now weighing up his options as he enters the final year of his Liverpool contract. 

He joined from Liverpool’s academy in 2016 and went on to make 29 first-team appearances. 

What Top Six Football Thinks

Having served Liverpool so faithfully when called upon, it will be fitting for the club to allow Nat Phillips to leave this season.

The player is a solid defender and will do well as a first-teamer in many smaller Premier League clubs. If the club can get the quoted £8 million from his sale, then it will represent a good deal for the player and whichever club signs him. 

 

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