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The Liverpool centre-back stood out during their convincing win over RB Leipzig in the last-16 tie of the Champions League, and could provide them a boost in the summer

Much of the talk over the next few months will be about Liverpools need, or lack of, a new centre-back in the summer. Its pretty much dominated the headlines ever since Virgil van Dijk got injured in October.
The arrival of Ozan Kabak on deadline offered a possible glimpse of where the future may be heading, although its still just an option to buy rather than an obligation at this stage. He may well prove to be a long-term Liverpool player, but there is another who may have thrown a spanner in the works in that regard.
Nat Phillips. This time last year he was on loan with 2. Bundesliga side Stuttgart, and seemed almost certain to depart Liverpool in the near future. That was an understandable summation, given the quality thats ahead of him in the pecking order.
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However, what the injuries this season have done is allow him to prove himself capable of performing at the highest level. He was arguably one of the best players on the pitch against RB Leipzig, and looked very much at home among of team full of world class players.
Could his recent rise mean that Liverpool decide not to sell him in the summer, or maybe even allow them to increase their asking price given how hes performed this term. The latter is certainly not an unreasonable thing to suggest.
Liverpool.com writers Dan Morgan and Mark Wakefield discussed the situation on Facebook soon after the final whistle in Budapest. Do you agree with what they have to say?
The rumours are that Jürgen Klopp will be allowed to strengthen his squad in the summer. You would expect him to make at least one centre-back transfer.
Last summer, Phillips was linked with a move to Swansea for under £10m. As he nears the end of his Liverpool deal, he would be wise to assume he probably won’t be here beyond July. Yet with a stellar Champions League last 16 performance and generally solid showing for Liverpool, he might expect a better move than he originally anticipated.
In that sense, he’s been a blessing on and off the pitch. A recent piece from Colin Millar estimated that any team reaching the Champions League last eight would receive an extra £9m on top of their prize money. In callous terms, Phillips has repaid Liverpool and then some. more than that, he has truly been a player to stand up when the club reached its moment of crisis. That will go further than anything else for the Bolton Baresi.
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