Liverpool appear to have made a surprising U-turn regarding Nat Phillips‘ future at the club.
The club were looking to sell the defender for a fee in the region of £15m after he became surplus to requirements during last season, but now see him as a possible long-term replacement for Joel Matip, who has two years left on his current contract.
Phillips spent a successful spell at the Cherries last season, helping them secure promotion back to the Premier League, and they are to be keen to take him back. As a result, Liverpool not only received a £1.5m loan fee for Phillips but now also get a further £250,000 because of a promotion clause in the contract.
“My main aspiration is to be playing regular football at the highest level possible,” Phillips told the Echo. “That’s always been the case, that’s never changed. I’d like to think that would be the Premier League after my time last season with Liverpool and now with Bournemouth getting promoted.”