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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp reveals Nathaniel Phillips’ exit from Anfield fell through

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp reveals Nathaniel Phillips’ exit from Anfield fell through - Liverpool News

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips looked certain to exit Anfield this summer but his move fell through, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Phillips exit prevented

The 23-year-old has been on the fringes of the first-team for some time and been on multiple season-long loan moves, including a spell at Bolton Wanderers that was cut short due to injury, and last season at German second division outfit Stuttgart.

Klopp had previously described Phillips as “outstanding” after the youngster impressed during the Reds’ pre-season tour in 2018 (via Goal).

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Phillips played a significant amount of football in Europe, providing two assists from 16 starts and 19 appearances in total (Whoscored). But despite the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg this summer, the Englishman’s future at Anfield looked in doubt.

Championship clubs Blackburn Rovers, Bristol City and Swansea City were believed to be interested in acquiring the defender’s services (via Express). But, speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp confirmed┬áthat his exit from Anfield broke down at the 11th hour.

Deeper crisis averted

If Liverpool did go on to sell Philiips, their defensive crisis would have been much worse than it currently is.

With Virgil van Dijk out for a significant amount of time and Joel Matip still struggling with fitness issues, Joe Gomez stands as the club’s only fully fit and established defender, with Rhys Williams getting his opportunity in the Carabao Cup and still too inexperienced to be relied on.

Phillips’ presence in the team bolsters their defence, albeit not significantly. But right now, Klopp needs all of the defensives reinforcements that he can get his hands on to keep his title defence intact.

However, Phillips could still depart in January. With the Reds linked with the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Ozan Kabak, time will tell what the 6 foot 2 centre-back’s future holds.

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