Bournemouth in pole position to sign €20m-rated Liverpool defender

Liverpool and newly-promoted club Bournemouth are involved in talks over the permanent transfer of Nathaniel Phillips in the upcoming summer transfer window. Nathaniel joined the Reds from Bolton Wanderers in 2016 and rose through the ranks at the club before making his debut for Liverpool in 2020.

Having spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Stuttgart, Phillips was kept at Anfield by the German manager last campaign, and the 25-year-old defender was integral to their top-four push in the second half of the campaign.

Indeed, with the likes of Gomez, van Dijk and Matip missing a large chunk of the season due to injuries, the English defender stepped up and helped the Reds qualify for the UCL. However, the summer signing of Konate pushed him further down the pecking order, and the Englishman joined the Cherries on loan in winter.

Nathaniel has carried his good form forward with Bournemouth, playing a crucial role in their second-place in the EFL Championship, helping them secure promotion to the PL. The Liverpool loanee played 18 games for Scott Parker’s side in the second half of the 2021/22 season and has made a hugely positive impression.

The Cherries’ agreement with Liverpool during the winter transfer window did not include an option for a permanent transfer. So, it is being reported that the two teams are now in negotiations over a potential switch on a full-time basis in the upcoming window.