Phillips believes he’s created Liverpool problem as he prepares for future talks

Nat Phillips believes he has surprised Liverpool with his performances which will make them think twice about selling him.

The centre-half was on the periphery of the Reds squad before the year began and had only made one first team appearance.

Jurgen Klopp though saw his backline depleted by injuries which saw opportunities come Phillips’ way.

He and youngster Rhys Williams were fast tracked into the starting XI but it was Phillips who was able to establish himself.

The 24-year-old formed a partnership with Ozan Kabak, who has since returned to Schalke following his loan spell.

Phillips is now ready for talks over his Anfield future and reckons Liverpool will have changed their opinion on him.

Nat Phillips was a regular last season

He told the Liverpool Echo : “I think the situation is, initially they didn’t anticipate me having the season and putting in the performances that I did do.

“Maybe where they might have thought I was just going to do a job and then they would be able to sell me and I would move on, now they’re having second thoughts. I’m not sure.

“I still need to have the conversations with them and just see if there is a role for me there and what role they would want me to play.

“It would depend on if they saw a role for me at Liverpool and then what role that would be. I would have to decide what is best for myself off the back of that.

“I have loved all of my time at Liverpool up until this moment, to have been taken in by the fans so much this year and have loved having the opportunity to play for the club.

“I have loved every minute of it and would love to carry on playing for the club. But I’ve also got to take into consideration what is best for my career, and that will depend on what role Liverpool see they do or don’t have for me and I’ll have to go from there.”

If Phillips does remain at Anfield he will compete for a start with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Add to that the arrival of Ibrahima Konate, who has joined from RB Leipzig for over £30m.

“It’s no surprise [to see Konate signed]. Liverpool is a huge club and they are always going to have huge competition for places. You always have to compete for your place in the team,” added Phillips.

“Even though there is a lot of competition, I see it as another person to try and learn from. A new person’s game I get to see up close, see how they play and see if I can take anything from that.”

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