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Liverpool Want £15m For This Talented Defender: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

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In a recent report, Liverpool Echo stated that Liverpool want £15m for Nathaniel Phillips with Bournemouth showing interest in recruiting him this summer. It is believed that the Reds are expecting more interest in the English player during the summer transfer period.

Phillips’ Solid Loan Spell At The Vitality Stadium

Phillips is currently enjoying a positive loan spell at Bournemouth where he has put in a few dominant displays for them at the back. The 25-year-old has appeared in 19 matches for the Reds this season across all fronts.

The English sensation has managed to help the Cherries secure a second-place finish in the EFL Championship, so it is no surprise that Liverpool are demanding as much as £15m for his services this summer.

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Referee Andre Marriner (L) stops play for Liverpool’s English defender Nathaniel Phillips to receive treatment during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on May 23, 2021. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Liverpool Want To Recoup £15m For Phillips: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

Phillips is a good tackler of the ball and can read the danger quickly to earn the ball back for his team on the defensive end of the field. Standing at 1.90m, he can be a dominant presence in the air and can even play his way out from the back if needed.

The English centre-half usually clears the danger when the opposition are on the offensive and can also make a few important blocks at the back. At 25, his best years are ahead of him which makes him a good fit for a club like Bournemouth ahead of their return to Premier League football.

However, Phillips will be surplus to requirements at Anfield next season as Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has already got Virgil Van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez in his defensive department.

Thus, it makes sense for everyone involved if Phillips was allowed to leave in search of greener pastures during this summer transfer period. The Reds can definitely use the money generated from his potential sale to strengthen other areas of their squad. With all things considered, the Merseyside outfit would be wise to cash in on the English powerhouse, who needs to seal a move elsewhere to ensure regular playing time next season.

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