Nottingham Forest are set to rival a host of Championship clubs to sign Liverpool defender Nat Phillips, according to Goal.

It is thought the Reds have expressed a strong interest in signing the central defender, with Liverpool willing to offload the 23-year-old.

Phillips spent last season on loan in 2.Bundesliga with Stuttgart where he made 22 appearances, helping them back into the country’s top division.

VfB Stuttgart v SV Sandhausen - Second Bundesliga
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Liverpool are preparing to let their player leave the club either on loan or on a permanent basis this summer, altering several Championship clubs.

Forest will need to rival Bristol City, Middlesbrough, Stoke, Millwall and Swansea for the signing of the ex-Bolton Wanderers youngster.

Phillips played for Liverpool in their 1-0 win over Everton in the FA Cup back in January, having been recalled from his loan in Germany.

The youngster was also on the bench later that month for a game against Tottenham but he did see the season out with Stuttgart.


Forest used Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo as their first-choice central defensive partnership last season, with Michael Dawson in reserve.

Tyler Blackett has been added to the squad this summer and he is also capable of playing as a central defender.

Adding Phillips might not be a bad thing though and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for the player during an interview back in December.

He told the club’s official website: “He’s our boy, he’s on loan at Stuttgart and he’s doing really well there.

VfB Stuttgart v SV Sandhausen - Second Bundesliga
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“He has to fight for his place there with some experienced players but when he was playing he was really good.”

Forest are perhaps one defender light going into the new season and as a result, adding Phillips would certainly be an investment in the future.

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