Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips’ contract does not run out at the end of the season amid his recent rise to the first team, according to his agent.
Ironically, those quotes came after he made his Premier League debut and he has not looked back since.
Indeed, he played in Wednesday’s win over RB Leipzig alongside January signing Ozan Kabak. That allowed stand-in centre-back Fabinho to return to midfield and manager Jurgen Klopp could stick with that system if no fresh injures occur.
As such, Phillips could cement his resurgence in the team – at least until the end of the current campaign.
Writing on Instagram, the agency who represent Phillips rubbished the rumours.
A supporter asked the agency’s account to clear up their client’s situation. They said: “It’s not this year [that his contract expires].”
What happens beyond the end of the current season remains unclear. Phillips earned his chance after injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, who will return next season.
What’s more, Joe Gomez has also suffered a serious knee injury and has yet to make his comeback. Therefore, Phillips will once again be the fourth-choice centre-back.
However, he has put himself in the shop window for a permanent move elsewhere, should the opportunity arise.
Klopp buzzing for Phillips
Speaking after Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Leipzig, Klopp piled the praise on Phillips’ performance.
The manager said: “Oh my god. What a boy he is, what player he is, what a night it is for him.
“That’s absolutely great. The concentration level he shows now week in week out since he is playing for us is absolutely incredible.
“He is doing exactly the right things at the right moment. In the air he is a monster and you could see today football-wise he is not bad. I couldn’t he happier for somebody more than I am for Nat at this moment. It was a great game.
“Not a lot of people get the honour to play a Champions League game and he has that now and he played a really good one and he won it and qualified for last eight.
“That is really special. A few years ago nobody would have thought that, and I’m really happy that he can experience that now.”
Phillips could well feature alongside Kabak at the back again in Monday’s clash with Wolves.