Nathaniel Phillips is a towering centre-half within Jürgen Klopp’s squad.
He arrived at the club’s Academy in 2016 following a successful trial and has been hailed as a ‘monster’ in the air by his manager.
The defender made 20 appearances during the 2020-21 campaign to help Liverpool secure a third-place Premier League finish and Champions League qualification.
Phillips previously came through the youth ranks at Bolton Wanderers before turning down a scholarship in the United States to pursue his dreams at the peak of the professional game.
After missing a large part of 2017-18 with a back injury, the defender returned to enjoy a strong end to the campaign and was awarded the captain's armband for the U23s.
He would catch the eye of Klopp during the 2018-19 pre-season, but was unable to build on the encouraging summer due to an ankle injury that saw him miss the majority of the campaign.
However, Phillips again secured a place on the club's pre-season tour to the US the following summer and signed a long-term contract with the Reds in August 2019.
He then immediately joined German side VfB Stuttgart on a season-long loan, but was recalled by the Reds in December following several defensive injuries.
Phillips made his Liverpool debut as Everton were beaten at Anfield in the FA Cup and subsequently returned to Stuttgart for the remainder of 2019-20.
Injuries would then provide Phillips with further first-team opportunities in the Premier League and Champions League in 2020-21, during which he became a popular figure for supporters due to his fearless approach to defending.
Phillips, who scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win at Burnley in May 2021, signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool in August 2021 and then joined AFC Bournemouth on loan in January 2022 to help them secure promotion to the top flight.