Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has urged his former club to loan out Nat Phillips, so his dream of being a first-team player at the Reds doesn't die.
Phillips joined Liverpool in 2016 as part of their youth academy, and he graduated to the first team in 2019.
However, he has struggled to make his mark under Jurgen Klopp.
The Bolton native spent the 19/20 season in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart, but he was recalled to the first team last campaign.
And Johnson has urged Liverpool to loan Phillips out once again to gain some first-team experience before returning to Liverpool.
"He [Phillips] really impressed me as he came into the side during a really tough time and he stepped into shoes that were impossible to fill and I think all the other young kids did that as well," Johnson told BettingOdds.
"They should all be proud of what they’ve done and Liverpool would have been considerably worse off if they didn’t step in and perform.
"I don’t think Nat should leave now as he’s young.
"I’d like to see him leave on loan as he shouldn’t give up on the Liverpool dream just yet and I’m pretty sure he won’t.
"If he could get a loan deal to a top side where he could gain loads of experience then I think that would be a very good option for him."
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Phillips, if he should stay, will face tough competition to break into the Liverpool side.
The Red's sole signing of the summer comes in the form of Ibrahima Konate, from RB Leipzig, who is a centre-back.
Virgil van Dijk has also returned to the first-team fold, alongside Joe Gomez, after spending the majority of last season out injured.
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