Nat Phillips

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips is open to leaving the club in January in search of more playing time.

Phillips is highly rated at Anfield and was an important member of the Reds team last season when they had Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out with injuries. But since the return of the duo, and the purchase of Dayot Upamecano, he has found games hard to come by.

The player has strongly been linked with a move to West Ham on a loan deal in January and according to the player, he is open to a move next month.

“I want to be playing games. It’s been tough because the competition to get in this team is fierce,” Phillips told Sky Sports. “The manager and I agree that the best thing for me is to play as many games as possible. I think you saw last year I developed well.

“I’m going to see what comes along (in January) and go from there. I think at this moment in time it’s unlikely that I’ll be playing lots of games for Liverpool, so if an opportunity arises where I get the chance to do that somewhere else and it suits everyone then it’s certainly something I’d be interested in.

“I’ve had the exposure and experience in the Premier League and the Champions League. So maybe those situations where you’re new and nervy, I’ve gone through that phase. I don’t need to go through that process if I do go somewhere else. I’ll be ready straight away to get involved and play.”

The 24-year-old has been with the Reds since he joined their youth academy on a free transfer back in 2016.

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