Liverpool are willing to sell defender Nat Phillips this summer amid interest from fellow Premier League side Burnley.
The 24-year-old stepped up to the first-team admirably last season, making 20 appearances in all competitions for the Reds after they suffered an injury crisis.
His standout performances caught the eye of Clarets chief Sean Dyche, and Liverpool are reluctantly prepared to part ways with Phillips if their £15 million valuation is met, according to James Pearce.
Phillips’ reputation was handed a significant boost following his excellent displays in the final few months of the 2020/21 campaign as he helped the Anfield outfit to a third-place finish in the top-flight table.
He won several plaudits after answering Jurgen Klopp’s cry for help last term, including former England and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp.
“Nat Phillips has had an unbelievable time, he’s full of confidence. He’s a throwback defender,” said Redknapp.
“He wants to make blocks, he wants to make tackles, he’s got great anticipation. He knows his limitations. Right now, he must think he’s in dreamland.”
However, with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all set to return to full-fitness – coupled with the addition of Ibrahima Konate following his transfer from RB Leipzig – the Englishman could be the club’s fifth-choice centre-back next season.
With money tight on Merseyside this summer, the Liverpool supporters should be buzzing at the prospect of receiving such a substantial fee for one of their fringe players.
Although Phillips played well when called upon, his long-term suitability in the heart of the Reds’ defence was always questionable and the boost his sale would provide to Klopp’s transfer budget could be crucial in getting deals done for other targets.
The German tactician is thought to be in the market for another central midfielder and forward over the coming months, but with the pandemic limiting the resources available, they may have to sell before they can buy.
Phillips was brought to Liverpool on a free transfer following his release from Bolton Wanderers back in 2016 and receiving a £15m fee for the 6 ft 2 beast would represent another piece of exceptional business by director of football Michael Edwards.