Nathaniel Phillips has a big part to play at Liverpool next season and will be given assurances over his future by Jurgen Klopp.
That is the view of former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 24-year-old’s future on Merseyside.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Phillips revealed that he will hold talks with the club’s management team to determine whether “there is a role” for him next season and if he will be seeking a summer transfer.
The Reds bolstered their defensive ranks with the signing of Ibrahima Konate last month and with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all expected to return from injury next season, there will be healthy competition at centre-half.
Phillips has two years remaining on his contract at Anfield.
Robinson believes the English centre-back will agree new terms this year.
“I think he will get the assurances he wants from Jurgen Klopp,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“When you look ahead to next season there will be enough football for him to get game time. Liverpool have the league, the Champions League and the two domestic cups to compete in.
“We have seen how much Liverpool struggled with the schedule this year, especially their centre-halves.
“Phillips has proved that he is very useful so I think he will be given the assurances that he wants to hear. I think he will play a lot of football next season and a lot more than is probably thought.
“Let’s be honest, all of the centre-halves are not going to be fit. It does not happen and we have seen once again this year Matip and Gomez struggle with injury.
“Phillips was exceptional towards the end of last season so I think he will sign a new deal and play a big part next year.”