With the deadline day not very far away, clubs are looking to complete that last signing to finish off their summer business. While some players are pushing for an exit from their current clubs, others are still looking for possible destinations. One of them is Liverpool’s centre-back Nat Phillips.
The 25-year-old is a fan favourite at Anfield despite not having enough game time under his belt in the past few seasons. He did play in the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, but that was only because of injuries to all the other centre-back options in Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate while Joe Gomez was still getting back to full fitness and was unable to start.
Opportunity Limited at Liverpool
Opportunities for Phillips are likely to be low this season too, and we could see him leave Liverpool before the transfer window comes to an end. Once the others start returning to full training, it will get even less.
Last season, he was loaned out to Bournemouth in January, where he helped the Cherries get promotion back to the Premier League. He featured 18 times for Bournemouth and impressed Scott Parker enough to keep them interested in a permanent move. Even West Ham are said to be interested in the defender.
This regular run of games has made the defender hungry for more. This is what Phillips had to say about the Crystal Palace game.
"It’s a prime example of how you’ve always got to be ready because you never know what’s round the corner. (…)Ultimately I want to be playing games but you’ve got to take it week-by-week. You can never look too far into the future because you never know what might happen. (…)“But, of course, I love playing for Liverpool. It it was nice to have the opportunity to do that against Crystal Palace at Anfield the other week.via reachsportshop.com"
Speaking about his time at Bournemouth, Nat Phillips added:
"I had a really good time down there and it was good working with Scott Parker. He is a good manager to work for and very well-planned and meticulous in the way he approaches games. He was always analysing the fine details and knew what he wanted from you as a player and as a team.Personally, the experience was great. It was nice to be playing regularly and experiencing a promotion as well was something special.via reachsportshop.com"
Bournemouth have lacked solid leadership at the back this season, something that was very obvious in their 9-0 loss to Liverpool, 3-0 loss to Arsenal and 4-0 loss to Manchester City.
This makes a case for Nat Phillips even stronger. Phillips wants more game time and Scott Parker’s Bournemouth wants a leader in defence. Could this be a match made in heaven? Do you think Phillips should trade Liverpool for Bournemouth?