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on the move? Three clubs express an interest in signing Nat Phillips from Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested he is keen to hang on to all members of his first team squad next month.

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Liverpool defender Nat Phillips wants more first-team football (Tim Goode/PA)

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips wants more first-team football (Tim Goode/PA)

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips wants more first-team football (Tim Goode/PA)

Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips has confirmed he is ready to make a move next month to play more regular first team football and three clubs have expressed an interest in signing him.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested he is keen to hang on to all members of his first team squad next month, with the recent surge in Covid cases adding to the need for strength in depth.

Yet Phillips has suggested he is keen to move on after being pushed down the pecking order at Anfield, with West Ham, Newcastle and Burnley all keen to sign the 24-year-old if he is made available.

Phillips made his mark at Liverpool amid their defensive injury crisis last season, but he has been pushed down the pecking order for Klopp this season following the return of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.

The signing of Ibrahima Konate has added to the competition for places in the Liverpool defence, with the defender open in his desire to move on.

"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."

Phillips is currently out with an injury and it remains to be seen whether his desire to leave Liverpool will open the door for his exit next month.

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