Nottingham Forest have previously been linked with a move for Liverpool defender Nat Phillips and now he could be set to leave Anfield.

The Reds tried to sign the centre-back ahead of the 2020/21 campaign and also made a cheeky loan bid in January 2021.

Phillips was propelled into first-team stardom last season. Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip left Jurgen Klopp desperately short.

During last season he made 20 appearances for Liverpool, scoring once. Despite showing some strong form, this season has proved a real struggle for the Bolton-born defender.

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With key players now back from injury and summer signing Ibrahima Konate getting up to full speed, Phillips has been pushed down the pecking order.

He has made just four appearances during the campaign and according to the Daily Mail, West Ham are leading the chase to sign him.

There is a problem for potential suitors though. Liverpool are unwilling to consider a loan deal and want to sell Phillips for £10 million in January.

Forest landed Scott McKenna shortly after being linked with Phillips for the first time and that move has proved a pretty good one.

Klopp was a big fan of Phillips last season. Following a Champions League clash, he called the combative performer ‘absolutely incredible’.

Will Forest go back in for Liverpool defender Phillips?

It does seem unlikely given that Liverpool value him at £10 million and are keen to offload him pretty sharpish.

Phillips has no future at Anfield and it seems likely that Klopp would prefer him out of the door when the window reopens.

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Forest could be in the market for a central defender though. Steve Cooper deployed Ryan Yates at centre-back on Saturday, laying bare just how short his squad is at the back.

His salary would now throw up a massive curveball for Forest too. He earns £65,000-a-week and that is likely to benefit Premier League clubs.

Although he fits the profile of a player that both Cooper and Dane Murphy would target, Phillips could prove to be one that got away from Forest.

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