Key figures at Liverpool are said to have justified the reported £15m asking price for Nathaniel Phillips on the basis of Burnley’s summer deal for Nathan Collins to the tune of roughly £12m.
This comes from James Pearce at The Athletic, with the renowned Reds reporter noting that the defender continues to be linked with a switch to the likes of Newcastle and West Ham.
Even in the current market and taking into consideration the financial impact of COVID, it’s hardly an astronomical figure for a player who played a vital role in the club’s efforts at securing top four football last term, not to mention with over three years remaining on his contract at Anfield.
Interested parties certainly shouldn’t get carried away with the 24-year-old’s status as our fifth-choice centre-back given that key men have returned to the fore, including former long-term injuree, Virgil van Dijk.
Having not put a foot wrong whenever Jurgen Klopp has given him the nod this season, it seems mightily unfair that the centre-half hasn’t been given the game time his performances warrant.
With so much quality ahead of him, it’s understandable and it’s for that very reason not a single Liverpool fan will hold it against Phillips if he does manage to secure a move away from us in the winter window.