Report: Liverpool ‘anticipating bids’ for defender but demand over £10m for sale

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Liverpool are bracing themselves for offers for Nat Phillips this week amid interest from clubs in both the Premier League and overseas, according to Goal.

The report claims that Bournemouth and Fulham are both keen on the 25-year-old central defender, while at least two Serie A clubs are also monitoring his situation.

Liverpool are said to be wanting in excess of £10million to part company with Philips and prefer a permanent exit over a loan agreement, despite the fact that Jurgen Klopp is happy to keep him at Anfield as a fifth-choice centre half option.

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Klopp currently has a good set of options to choose from in the central defensive positions for the upcoming season. The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are great choices indeed, as they provide solid depth to deal with possible injuries or suspensions.

Phillips would undoubtedly have been a good fifth-choice centre-back had he stayed with the Merseysiders. However, it does make sense if Liverpool sell him as they have a perfect opportunity to raise a solid sum for the Englishman’s services following his excellent loan spell with the Cherries in the last campaign.

Scott Parker’s side and the Cottagers are desperate for centre-half reinforcements in their attempt to ensure survival after achieving promotion to the Premier League. As such, Klopp’s team can afford to maintain their stance, especially when four clubs have expressed their interest in Phillips as of now.

It will be interesting to see whether the Reds would receive any bids for Phillips, considering how they are expecting some offers to arrive this week. Whether any of those potential proposals would meet the asking price or not, though, would need to be seen in due time.