A year ago, Nat Phillips looked set for a future away from Liverpool, with a long-term home in the Championship considered the likeliest career course for the Bolton-born centre half. A season later, he’s signed a new four-year deal and will remain with the club for at least the 2021-22 season.
That’s the latest news on deadline day, with Phillips joining Jordan Henderson as the second Liverpool player today to sign a contract extension running through the summer of 2025. Following the announcement, club-connected journalists confirmed that Phillips’ immediate future is at Anfield.
“After last year, it’s really nice to get that reward from the club,” Phillips noted. “I’m happy to be sticking around and being available if the club need to call on me. It is nice the club has shown me that recognition and hopefully I can bring more of the same with whatever opportunities come my way.”
The new deal means that the 24-year-old will remain at the club for the coming season as fifth choice centre half behind injury returnees Virgil van Dijk, Joël Matip, and Joe Gomez and new signing Ibrahima Konaté, giving the Reds one of the deepest and best centre half groups in all of Europe.
There had been earlier reports that the club was open to allowing Phillips to leave this summer if the right offer arrived, but with any such offer failing to materialise all parties were in an agreement that an extended deal and remaining at the club for the coming season was the best option.