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Nat Phillips has dropped a hint about leaving Liverpool this summer.

The 25-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth, helping them win Premier League promotion.

During the first half of the campaign, the Bolton-born powerhouse barely featured under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who, in addition to getting Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez back fit last summer, also signed Ibrahima Konate.

Those four players have buried Phillips in the pecking order at Anfield, despite the big man’s excellent performances in helping the Reds secure a top-four finish during the 2020-21 campaign.

Speaking about his future, Phillips has hinted that a move away from Merseyside might well be on the cards after revealing that he wants to play regular football next season.

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He told The Echo: “My main aspiration is to be playing regular football at the highest level possible. That’s always been the case, that’s never changed. I’d like to think that would be the Premier League after my time last season with Liverpool and now with Bournemouth getting promoted.”

Speaking about the competition for places in the Liverpool squad adds more emphasis to the idea he knows his future lies away from Anfield.

He added: “It’s unsettling but it is what it is. I didn’t know where I was going to be but that’s the nature of the game, that’s football. I’m not the only person in the game who has not known where they are going to end up.”

In May, The Echo reported that the Premier League runners-up were open to selling the £15 million-rated defender this summer.

Klopp himself will be a little sad about that if it materialises, having labelled the player ‘absolutely insane‘ for his performances during the season where Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip were crocked.

He has definitely been a wonderful servant for the Merseyside club and with Bournemouth keen to sign him permanently, well it looks like Phillips may get his wish of playing at the highest level consistently next season and beyond.

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