New deal for Phillips

Nat Phillips has been rewarded for his efforts last season with a new long-term contract.

The 24-year-old centre-back filled in when Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were out injured and helped Jurgen Klopp‘s men secure a third-place finish in the Premier League, becoming a fan favourite in the process for his ‘hard as nails’ approach.

“Obviously after last year, it’s really nice to get that reward from the club,” he told the club website. “I’m happy to be sticking around and being available if the club need to call on me again.

“Over the off-season I had a bit of time to reflect on what had happened throughout the season, how it ended and to be proud of that. But like I’ve said in previous interviews, you don’t want to dwell on that too much and you want to look forward and see if you can continue to push in a positive direction.

“I think as I grew more confident, more comfortable at the level and I got the confidence from my teammates around me as well, then it meant I could progress with a bit more freedom and maybe be a bit braver with the things that I was doing.

“And just gaining the general experience – making mistakes and then learning from them as well. I think that was a part of last season’s journey for me. Obviously I just want to keep on moving in that direction.”