It’s a transfer that seems to be on the cards every summer, but once again Nat Phillips’ time at Liverpool is speculated to be drawing to a close.
The 26-year-old has attracted attention from a host of clubs both at home and abroad over the past few seasons, but a permanent move has failed to materialise, with injuries both to himself and others seeing him remain at Anfield with the exception of a half-season loan at Bournemouth.
The Athletic reports though that a move for Phillips could be imminent, with Leeds the suggested destination. The Yorkshire club currently find themselves without either a manager or sporting director, but that is not said to have put them off in their pursuit of the defender.
Recently-relegated Leeds had the Premier League’s leakiest defence last season, shipping a massive 78 goals, and will be looking to address their issues at the back. One stumbling block though could be the reported £10m asking price, with the Reds reportedly having dismissed a £7m bid for the player in January.
Our View: Let the Lad Move On
Nat Phillips cemented himself in Liverpool folklore with his performances in the second half of the 2020/21 season, alongside fellow youngster Rhys Williams. It is clear that his future lies away from Anfield though, and at this stage in his career it is crucial he starts to get more first team minutes under his belt.
Whilst injuries have no doubt played a part in Phillips failing to secure a permanent transfer, the club has also held out for as much as possible for him in previous windows, a stance I would expect to see change this summer. Liverpool are reportedly holding out for £10m but I could see a bid that reached this figure including add-ons being accepted.