Nathaniel Phillips admits he was “disappointed” when he didn’t secure a Liverpool exit last summer.
The centre-half spent last year away on loan at Stuttgart having been unable to force his way into the Reds first team picture.
Before the current season kicked off the 23-year-old was looking to head elsewhere in an effort to kick start his career.
He was unable to secure an Anfield exit, much to his frustration, but things quickly turned as the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez suffered long-term injuries.
Phillips admits nobody could’ve predict the circumstances that led to him being given an opportunity.
But after making eight Premier League appearances this term he has reflected on the “bizarre” nature of football.
“At the end of pre-season, it looked like I was on my way out and going elsewhere to get some games and start my career, and carry on off the back of my loan spell last season,” Phillips told Sky Sports.
“Initially, when it first happened, everybody was fit, and it didn’t look like there would be any scenario where I would be playing for Liverpool’s first team this year.
“I was a bit disappointed because I was looking forward to going and playing football and just kick-starting my career, but obviously things changed.
“I don’t think anybody could have seen what was coming, and it was like a typical example of how bizarre football can be sometimes.
“I think it was within a month I was making my debut.”
Prior to this season Phillips’ only Liverpool outing was in last season’s FA Cup win over Everton.
He has now formed one of a number of centre-half partnerships as Jurgen Klopp battles a huge injury list.
Van Dijk, Gomez and Joel Matip all remain sidelined which forced the Reds to add new faces in January with Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies both arriving.