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Nat Phillips is about to spend pre-season back at Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp prepares to receive bids for the centre-back. The Englishman became a cult hero on Merseyside through the 2020-21 season as he was thrust into the primary team consequently of defensive injuries, helping the team to attain Champions League football. 

Phillips has played 24 times for Liverpool, scoring once, with the vast majority of his performances coming through the 2021 run alongside teenager Rhys Williams. The pair became unlikely heroes following season-ending injuries to the club’s senior centre-halves Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. It was their performances that allowed the Anfield side to push for the Champions League this yr. 

Nevertheless, the signing of Ibrahima Konate alongside the club’s other centre-backs regaining fitness left the 25-year-old struggling for game time. He spent the second half of last season on-loan at Bournemouth, becoming a key player as he helped the south-coast club to win promotion.

Now, Klopp looks set to welcome the defender back into the primary team this summer because the German prepares his side for next season. Nevertheless, Goal reports that Phillips is unlikely to remain on the club long run as they’re prepared to let the player leave on loan again. They might even be persuaded to sell the cult-hero if a suggestion of around £12 million was to are available for him.

He is assumed to have suitors throughout England after his exploits on the club and for Bournemouth while clubs in Germany are also thought to admire him after he spent 2019-20 on-loan at Stuttgart. 

Phillips is just not the one player who is about to depart Liverpool this summer. Fellow cult hero Divock Origi is about to affix AC Milan in a free transfer after his contract expires. Takumi Minimino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Neco Williams can also move on to look for more game time.  

The most important blow for Liverpool supporters can be the upcoming departure of Sadio Mane to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. The Senegal international will leave Anfield as a club legend having won the Champions League in 2019 and helping the club end 30 years of hurt by securing the Premier League title in 2020, having scored 120 times in the method. 

Nevertheless, Liverpool fans can be somewhat consoled by the very fact the club have hurried to source a alternative, announcing the signing of Benfica’s Darwin Nunez in a £64m deal last week.

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