Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp makes Nat Phillips transfer decision | Soccer

Nat Phillips

Nat Phillips is highly rated by Liverpool and could replace Joel Matip in the first team (Image: Getty)

Liverpool will only allow Nat Phillips to leave the club on loan this summer as he is lined up as a potential replacement for Joel Matip.

The 25-year-old defender spent the second half of last season at Bournemouth and impressed with 18 appearances in the Cherries’ promotion to the Premier League.

The Reds reportedly planned to sell Phillips, with Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Matip providing enough defensive depth.

However, acc Der Spiegel, Jürgen Klopp, became aware of Phillips’ performances at the Vitality Stadium and decided against paying out the Englishman.

The report went on to say that the centre-back is highly valued at Merseyside and is being traded as a long-term replacement for Matip.

Klopp’s reluctance to sign Phillips on a permanent basis means the Bolton native could return to Bournemouth on loan this summer.

He rose to prominence during the 2020-21 season after being introduced to the Liverpool first-team following injuries sustained by Van Dijk and Matip.

Nat Phillips and Jurgen Klopp

Phillips and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp enjoy a close relationship (Image: Getty)

Alongside Rhys Williams, he helped the Reds to a top four finish despite a difficult season.

After Liverpool reached the Champions League final in May, Klopp texted Phillips to thank him for his efforts.

Phillips said that Liverpool Echo: “That says a lot about him. It was a really nice surprise. Quite a few from Bournemouth mentioned it too.

“It shows what he’s like as a manager and what he loves to work for and why he gets so much out of players because that’s how he treats you as a player and as a person.

“It was a nice surprise and nice to know he’s keeping an eye on what’s going on at Bournemouth despite having such a big game on his mind himself.

“It was nice of him to mention me and Rhys (Williams) and give us a little credit for contributing to the journey.”

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