By Wayne Veysey

6th Jan, 2022 | 10:42am

Sources: Watford make concrete move for Phillips as Liverpool asking price revealed

Watford have registered their interest in signing Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips this month, Football Insider understands.

The Merseyside club are willing to listen to offers for the 24-year-old as he looks to join a team where he can play regularly.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Watford have made a move for Phillips as Claudio Ranieri aims to recruit a new centre-back.

Liverpool value the defender at around the £12million mark after he signed a new four-year contract last August.

Phillips, son of former Bolton defender Jimmy Phillips, has confirmed that he is ready to move in search of regular first team football.

In an interview with Sky Sports (17 December), the centre-half said he’d “certainly be interested” in a move to a club where he would play regularly.

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Football Insider revealed on 29 November that West Ham were laying groundwork ahead of potential move for Phillips this month.

David Moyes’ side only have two fit centre-halves after injuries to first-choice pairing Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma.

Phillips has only made three senior appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.

He played a pivotal role for the Reds in the 2020-21 campaign after an injury crisis at Anfield.

Across all competitions, the Englishman made 20 appearances last term.

Ranieri has identified Phillips as a solution to his side’s defensive problems.

The Hornets have lost their last six Premier League fixtures.

Watford are currently 17th in the table – two points above the relegation zone.

In other news, Liverpool have been told not to ‘sacrifice’ Mane and Firmino after Pearce exit hint.