Klopp says Phillips will 'probably' be kept as cover at Liverpool

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Bournemouth's Nat Phillips during the Championship match between AFC Bournemouth v Millwall. Credit Stuart Martin.
Bournemouth's Nat Phillips during the Championship match between AFC Bournemouth v Millwall. Credit Stuart Martin.

LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp revealed defender Nat Phillips would “probably” be kept as cover on Merseyside, after an injury sustained to Ibrahima Konate.

Cherries have been linked with a move for centre-back Phillips all summer, the Bolton-born defender having helped them reach the Premier League during six months on loan last season.

Centre-back Konate injured a knee in a friendly against Strasbourg on Sunday, which Klopp admits will see the defender out “for a while”.

Asked whether that issue would have an influence on Phillips’s situation, and whether he would now need to keep him as cover, Klopp said: “Yeah, probably.

“It will influence the transfers. Outgoing transfers, I would say.”

Phillips, 25, played 17 Championship games for Cherries during the 2021-22 campaign, missing just one fixture after his arrival on loan from Anfield on transfer deadline day back in January.

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