While they have suffered some injury issues at time this season, one area of Liverpool's squad that looks very solid at the moment is the centre back position.
Whereas that position was the root of their issues at the start of 2021, they now have Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, and Joe Gomez operating at full fitness. The result has been very little action for Nat Phillips.
Phillips was seen as a fringe member of the squad at the start of last season, but injuries to the club's other defenders meant he played a key role in helping Jurgen Klopp's side achieve a top four finish. However, he has made only three appearances in the current campaign.
As a result, it is likely that he will leave Anfield this month. A couple of clubs are said to be interested in his services.
Football Insider are reporting that Watford have made an approach to sign Nat Phillips during the January transfer window, while West Ham are also said to be contemplating a move for the player. It is rumoured that a fee of around £12million would be enough to secure his services.
Watford are badly in need of some defensive reinforcements in order to boost their survival hopes, while David Moyes' side could also do with another centre back in the squad after a recent glut of injuries.
Both sides would offer Phillips a better chance of playing regular football, something he said is high on his list of priorities during a recent interview with Sky Sports:
The manager and I agree that the best thing for me is to play as many games as possible. I think you saw last year I developed well.
I'm going to see what comes along [in January] and go from there. I think at this moment in time it's unlikely that I'll be playing lots of games for Liverpool, so if an opportunity arises where I get the chance to do that somewhere else and it suits everyone then it's certainly something I'd be interested in.
This is certainly one to keep an eye on in the weeks ahead.