Nat Phillips signs new long-term deal with Liverpool until 2025 after no suitable offers for £15million-valued centre-back fifth choice
- Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool had an injury crisis as a central defender last season
- Nat Phillips stepped up to the plate and put up some impressive displays
- He was thought to be leaving this summer, but he has signed a new deal
- He will compete against Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate
Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips has signed a new long-term contract with Jurgen Klopp’s side until 2025.
The Commanding Defender helped the Reds keep the ship stable after their campaign was hampered by a rear injury crisis.
Phillips impressed in 20 appearances but it was thought he would leave Anfield after the Reds strengthened their ranks with the addition of £36million from Ibrahima Konate.
Nat Phillips has signed a new contract with Liverpool, which has been rewarded for last season’s form
However, in the absence of a reasonable offer for Phillips, who estimates the club at around £15million, he has put a new deal on paper.
The 24-year-old told the club’s website: “Of course after last year it’s really nice to get that reward from the club. I’m glad I can stay here and be available if the club needs to call on me again.
“I’m looking forward to the next chapter and just to see what that brings.
“It’s great that the club has shown me that recognition and hopefully I can bring more of the same with all the opportunities that come my way.
Jurgen Klopp used Phillips as a commanding presence in the back during an injury crisis
“During the off-season I had some time to think about what happened during the season, how it ended and to be proud of that,” Phillips added.
“But like I said in previous interviews, you don’t want to dwell on that too long and look ahead and see if you can keep pushing in the positive direction.
“Obviously it was a dramatic change, nobody saw it coming, I didn’t see it coming – the circumstances that unfolded that eventually saw me play regularly for the Liverpool first team.
“It will be life-changing for anyone playing for the Liverpool first team. For me it’s the same. Of course it also provided this opportunity.’
Phillip’s performance helped Anfield to the Champions League places
Young defender Rhys Williams was also called up by Klopp last season but has been loaned out to Championship team Swansea for a season.
Phillips joins Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson to sign a new contract with the club this summer.
But he has yet to appear and will probably have to bide his time for another chance.