Liverpool defender admits to uncertainty over future amid search for Jürgen Klopp successor

Nat Phillips and Jürgen Klopp during a Liverpool training session in January.
Nat Phillips and Jürgen Klopp during a Liverpool training session in January. -Credit:Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips has admitted he doesn't know what the future holds for him at Anfield. Currently on loan at Cardiff City in the Championship, the center-back is now 27 years old.

"I had a brief conversation with the loan manager at Liverpool," he told the BBC. "There is so much going on at the club. There's a lot of change going on at Liverpool so there's a lot up in the air there. They've got a lot to sort out themselves."

Phillips has played 24 times this season with two-thirds of those appearances coming since his switch to the second tier in January. Prior to that, he had been with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic but he spent most of his time there out of the starting XI.

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"It's difficult to say because I don't know who the manager is going to be next year and that sort of thing," Phillips continued when asked if he can still see a future at Liverpool. "Once things start to unfold, I'll be able to build a bit more of a picture of what I see my plan for the future is."

Phillips says he would consider a return to Cardiff if he is loaned out again next season or sold this summer. "I have enjoyed my time here and enjoyed playing regularly," he said. "I want to continue to play regular football and enjoy my football." says: It seems highly unlikely that Liverpool would be able to offer Phillips anything like regular football beyond the summer given his style of play and the number of other options ahead of him in the pecking order. The best time for him to leave was just after he had helped the Reds back into the Champions League places, when a Premier League switch would have been possible.

A permanent move to the Championship, be it with Cardiff or anyone else, would make a lot of sense. Liverpool has moved beyond Phillips and will probably sign another center-back this summer but at the age he is, he needs regular game time and a place to call home for the prime years of his career. A sale would add up for all parties, though Phillips probably felt he couldn't come out and say that outright.