Liverpool make transfer decision on ex-Bolton Wanderers youngster Nat Phillips

Liverpool are open to selling former Bolton Wanderers player Nat Phillips for around £15m or letting him spend another season on loan at Bournemouth.

The 25-year-old Bolton-born defender came through the Wanderers youth ranks. However, he left in the summer of 2016 without having made a first-team appearance for the club.

He later joined the Anfield club’s academy and began training with the first team in 2018. Since then he has made a total of 24 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s team, scoring one goal.

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Phillips spent the first half of last season at Anfield and even came up against his boyhood club. He captained Liverpool under-21s in a 4-1 loss at the Papa John’s Trophy.

Speculation surrounded his future in January, with Watford and West Ham United among those linked with him at the time. Phillips, whose deal with Liverpool runs until the summer of 2025, ended up signing for Bournemouth.

Phillips ended up playing 18 times for the Cherries as the club sealed their return to the Premier League. Bournemouth rejoined the top flight along with champions Fulham and play-off winners Nottingham Forest.

The defender is anticipated to be among those players moving to new Anfield pitches this summer. And he could return to familiar territory in the next few weeks.

The Liverpool Echo reports that Phillips is available for around £15m if he leaves the club permanently. However, the Anfield club are reported to be ‘open’ to Phillips returning to the Cherries for the remainder of the upcoming top-flight campaign.

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