On the final day of the transfer window, Liverpool appeared to be close to approving a deal before Jürgen Klopp and the club abruptly changed their minds
Nat Phillips, a defender for Liverpool, appears unlikely to ever leave the team.
The 25-year-old joined the team in 2016 after leaving Bolton Wanderers. The best Phillips has been able to do is a game here and a game there, never really breaking into the Liverpool first team on a regular basis.
During the January transfer window, it seemed as though he would finally leaving the team, with rumors of a transfer to Galatasaray in Turkey.
However, according to Paul Gorst of the ECHO, any prospective plans for Phillips were put on hold when it became evident that Ibrahima Konaté would miss a few weeks of action due to a hamstring issue.
In addition to Virgil van Dijk’s injury issues, Liverpool allegedly told Phillips that he couldn’t leave, and any discussion of a transfer on the final day of the transfer market was put to rest.
This indicates that Phillips will remain at the club for some time. Jürgen Klopp may not give the Bolton native any playing time, but it is likely that he will finally depart the team in the summer.
The recent reports appear to have verified the theory that Konaté’s injury was the cause of the dearth of transfer activity on the Phillips front. Given that neither the Frenchman nor Van Dijk are expected to miss a significant amount of time, Klopp seems to be being overly cautious.
Only 65 minutes of competitive football have been played by Phillips thus far this year.