Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is facing a troublesome transfer decision as Bournemouth are reportedly considering a fresh move for centre-back Nat Phillips. The 25-year-old helped the Cherries win promotion back to the Premier League after starring for the side during a loan spell last season.
Klopp has generally been comfortable to ship out fringe players up to now if he thinks they’re surplus to requirements at Anfield, because he would like them to play usually elsewhere than be unhappy at Anfield. However the German is currently without Ibrahima Konate after the defender picked up an injury through the Reds’ pre-season defeat against Strasbourg last weekend.
The Liverpool manager has revealed that Konate will probably be “out for some time” and has already allowed 21-year-old centre-back Rhys Williams to affix Blackpool on loan. Klopp named Joel Matip alongside Virgil van Dijk at the guts of his backline for his or her Premier League opener against Fulham on Saturday.
But should certainly one of his first-choice pairing suffer an injury, Klopp could find himself with serious defensive issues with only Joe Gomez to call upon in reserve if Phillips were to depart. England international Gomez was on the bench for the trip to Craven Cottage and could be the subsequent in line to start out within the position.
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“We’ve lost Gary Cahill, we’ve lost Nat Phillips,” said Parker. “We’ve three centre-halves within the constructing. At this moment we’d like some in that area.” They’re to sign Marcos Senesi from Feyenoord but still want one other. Liverpool have set an asking price of between £12million and £15m for Phillips, although no offers have materialised as of yet.
But Fulham are also said to be keen on the player after storming to the Championship title last time around. Klopp may now resolve he’s unable to sanction a move at the moment, nonetheless. The summer transfer window is attributable to shut firstly of September and the Reds wouldn’t give you the chance to usher in any latest faces until January in the event that they did suffer an injury crisis.
So the German may now hold onto Phillips until the beginning of next 12 months when the transfer window reopens before assessing the situation once more. It’s a call he may not like given he wants the very best for his players, however the team comes first and Liverpool cannot really afford to lose Phillips straight away.