While Nat Phillips might not be the centre half a side with Premier League and Champions League aspirations would seek to build a defence around, 2020-21 proved the 24-year-old Liverpool academy product can be counted on as a reliable depth option.

As such, Liverpool have signalled they would be more than happy heading into next season with Phillips in the squad to provide an option while Ibrahima Konaté settles in and the trio of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joël Matip return from serious injury.

However, the player himself could be hesitant to take on that role—one that will see his minutes depend almost entirely on the form and fitness of four players ahead of him on the depth chart. Meanwhile, Burnley and Brighton have both shown interest.