Following a loan spell at Bundesliga 2 club Stuttgart, Nat Phillips is set to leave Liverpool this summer. According to James Pearce of The Athletic, Liverpool will offload the defender this summer with Bristol City among the clubs interested.
A loan move instead of a permanent one is still an option, especially when considering Liverpool’s current shortage of centre-backs.
It looks likely to depend on what offers the Premier League champions receive for the 23-year-old ahead of the new season. Should a reasonably priced offer come in, don’t be surprised to see Phillips head out the exit door on a permanent basis this summer.
REPORT: Nat Phillips Set to Leave Liverpool
The End of Any Hope of a Liverpool Chance
Nat Phillips certainly proved his capabilities when he briefly returned to Anfield to play Everton in the FA Cup. The defender played a crucial part in keeping the Merseyside rivals out as the Liverpool youngsters rose to victory. It was a quick visit for Phillips, however, as he soon jetted back to Germany to continue his loan spell despite impressing for Liverpool.
If given the chance, Phillips could perhaps stake a claim for the vacant backup position left by Dejan Lovren. The young defender proved his worth on the biggest of stages against Everton, so a chance to impress once more is the least he deserves.
Much Needed Game Time
Unfortunately, though, football doesn’t work like that, and Phillips will reportedly be shown the door towards another loan move or a permanent switch this summer. The one positive the former Stuttgart loanee can take from the situation is game time.
The young defender will be almost guaranteed game time should he be offloaded to a championship club this summer. And, ultimately, as the game time comes, so will the experience and improvement needed to perform week in week out.
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