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Liverpool ready to sell defensive cult-hero owing to a lack of regular game time

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Liverpool consider the sale of centre-back Nathaniel Phillips

Few will argue that Nathaniel Phillips is not a Liverpool cult hero. The Bolton Baresi was instrumental in helping Liverpool secure a Champions League spot in the 2020/21 season after several of their senior centre-backs were sidelined with injuries.

17 of his 28 appearances for the Reds came in that particular season after which he has not got much game time at the Reds. Even after a loan spell at Bournemouth overseeing their promotion to the Premier League, following the signing of Ibrahima Konate, Nat saw himself pushed further back the pecking order.

Even though he has shown that he is a top-class footballer, Liverpool find it hard to give the player the game time he deserves. According to The Athletic, the Reds could do the player a world of good by letting him go at the end of the current campaign.

Liverpool consider the sale of centre-back Nathaniel Phillips . (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool’s Nat Phillips against Manchester City. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

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His current deal at the Reds ends in 2025 (Transfermarkt), and there will be plenty of suitors for him as he is a top centre-back and is still fairly young at only 25 years of age. His valuation of £10m is something a number of mid-table clubs could afford, and then, secure his services.

He has only made two appearances in the Premier League this season, one against Crystal Palace and the other against Southampton. With Joel Matip and Joe Gomez to partner Virgil van Dijk in the absence of Konate, game time is tough to come for Nat.

Liverpool consider the sale of centre-back Nathaniel Phillips .
Transfer News: Liverpool could offload Nathaniel Phillips this summer.

The Mirror also states that the only option Liverpool will think of is a permanent move and not a loan deal for the player. He is more than capable of just being an option in Cup Games and hence, selling him could be a good option for both the player and the club if it seems like a fresh start at a new team would be beneficial for both parties.

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Ultimately, the decision on what to do with Phillips will depend on a variety of factors, and it will be up to Liverpool’s management and coaching staff to determine the best course of action for both, the club and Nat.