Nat Phillips on situation at Liverpool after signing Ibrahima Konate and returning Virgil van Dijk

Nat Phillips is ready to fight for his place in the first team and thank Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for his faith.

Former Bolton man Phillips made 17 Premier League appearances last season and scored his first senior goal for the club in a 3-0 away win over Burnley in May.

Liverpool’s premier center-backs have returned in pre-season and new signing Ibrahima Konate has been signed for £ 36million which has pushed Phillips back into the pecking order this season.

He garnered a lot of attention in the summer transfer window and many expected the defender to pass before the August 31 deadline.

But instead, he was rewarded for his contributions last season with a new long-term contract until 2025.

Phillips said: “I had a little bit of time left for my contract and the club weren’t dragging it out to extend it, which I think is recognition from them for last season.

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“It’s a huge boost for me and a really nice feeling. It gives me extra motivation to try to be a part of the team and repay that faith.”

Phillips made his breakthrough for the senior squad last season amid a defensive injury crisis that saw Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip sidelined for most of the campaign.

The 24-year-old helped the Reds finish in third place which has secured Champions League football this season.

Phillips had two Bundesliga loan spells with Stuttgart before his promotion to the first team and Jurgen Klopp’s manager played a huge role.



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“The manager, for me personally, has been a huge help in every aspect he may have since I joined the first team,” said Phillips. The Subway.

“Years ago, when I was trying to get a loan from the club to get matches, Stuttgart came to fruition for me because the manager was not happy with the other options that presented themselves and he did everything its possible to sort out the situation.

“He always did his best for me.

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