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Defender reveals how Klopp helped arrange transfer

Nathaniel PhillipsNathaniel Phillips has revealed that Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp personally secured his transfer to Stuttgart during the summer.

The 22-year old defender secured a season-long loan move to the Bundesliga 2 outfit following talks between Stuttgart’s sporting director Sven Mislintat and the Liverpool manager when it became clear that some of the offers on the table weren’t that promising.

“I told Jurgen about a few offers I had, Stuttgart was not one of them at that time,” said Phillips. “He was not enthusiastic about the options and I think he called Sven Mislintat shortly after our meeting.”

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He added: “Klopp congratulated me on this move and he immediately wrote me a message on his phone: ‘Good club, great city, my birthplace, I wish you a great time.”

Phillips joined Liverpool’s Academy in 2016 following a successful trial and was promoted to the first-team set-up in 2018. He previously captained the Under 23s and was part of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States. He signed a new long-term contract with the club earlier this month before making the switch to Germany.

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