Players - Nathaniel Phillips

Nathaniel Phillips
Birthdate: 21 March 1997
Birthplace: Bolton, England
Other clubs: Bolton Wanderers youth player - 2016, Stuttgart (loan, 2019), Stuttgart (2/ loan, 2020), Bournemouth (loan, 2022)
Liverpool debut: 05.01.2020
Last appearance: 12.11.2022
Debut goal: 19.05.2021
Last goal: 19.05.2021
Contract expiry: 30.06.2025 (signed 31.08.2021)
Win ratio: 70.37% W:19 D:4 L:4
Honours: League Cup 2022
League games / goals / assists: 19 / 1 / 1
Total games / goals / assists: 27 / 1 / 1

Player Profile

In 2016 Philips had left Bolton's academy where his father, Jimmy, former professional, was director. Nat was on his way to the US after he secured a scholarship at the University of North Carolina.  A couple of days before his planned flight to the United States, he joined Liverpool's academy instead. Phillips picks up the story with the Liverpool Echo: "It was a weird one. At Bolton, it didn't look like I was going to get anything at the end of that season. So I'd started to make plans, I was still doing my A-levels at school and had lined up a scholarship in America to go out there, hopefully, get a degree and get on that pathway to the MLS through the draft. That was all set up. I'd done a few days training at Huddersfield through a coach who'd been at Bolton. three days into that I got a call from Liverpool saying: 'we're going to Germany for pre-season, we'd like you to come and train with us'. I leapt at the opportunity and from then on it was a bit surreal."

After battling an ankle injury in  2018/19, Phillips was offered a new contract in August 2019 and was then subsequently loaned to Stuttgart of Bundesliga 2 in Germany to gain further experience. After Liverpool lost two out of four centre-halves in the first team to injury in the middle of the 2019/20 campaign, Liverpool recalled Phillips during the German winter break. He played the full ninety minutes of the FA Cup third round win over Everton, but returned to Stuttgart prior to the fourth round as other players came back to fitness. The Covid 19 pandemic meant he stayed there longer than expected, as the season didn't finish until the end of June, but it was a success as they were promoted back to the top flight. 

Phillips was then expected to leave Liverpool during the transfer window but no deals were forthcoming. An injury crisis then led to him making his league debut against West Ham on 31st October, in which he put in a composed performance. He made two more appearances before Christmas then in the second half of the season an injury to Joel Matip gave him more opportunities. Phillips finished the season with seventeen league appearances and scored one goal. Prior to the 2021/22 season he signed a new contract, but accepted where his place was in the squad indicating he was ready to help out whenever required. He made only three appearances, his only start being at AC Milan in the Champions League when Liverpool had already confirmed they would top the group. In this match he performed a memorable nutmeg on Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his own penalty area. 

Phillips spent the second half of 2021/22 on loan at Bournemouth, playing in seventeen of he eighteen games he was eligible for as the Cherries won promotion back to the Premier League. 

Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 19 1 2 5 0 27
2019-2020 0 1 0 0 0 1
2020-2021 17 0 0 3 0 20
2021-2022 0 0 1 2 0 3
2022-2023 2 0 1 0 0 3
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
2 180 West Ham United
2 180 Brighton & Hove Albion
2 180 Real Madrid
2 153 Crystal Palace
2 151 Everton
2 93 Southampton
1 90 Newcastle United
1 90 AC Milan
1 90 Aston Villa
1 90 Manchester United
1 90 Sheffield United
1 90 Derby
1 90 Wolves
1 90 WBA
1 90 Burnley
1 90 Arsenal
1 90 Fulham
1 90 Red Bull Leipzig
1 44 Tottenham
1 44 Preston North End
1 0 Atletico Madrid
Total Started/substitutions
22 Started
43 On the bench
5 Substitute
1 Substituted
Total Venue
14 Home
13 Away
Total Competition
19 Premier League
5 Champions League
2 League Cup
1 FA Cup
Total W D L Win % Manager
27 19 4 4 70.4% Jürgen Klopp
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 0 0 0 1
2019-2020 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020-2021 1 0 0 0 0 1
2021-2022 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022-2023 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Opponent
1 Burnley
Total Started/substitutions
1 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
1 Premier League
Total Goal minute period
1 46-60 minutes
Total Goal origin
1 Open play
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 0 0 0 1
2019-2020 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020-2021 1 0 0 0 0 1
2021-2022 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022-2023 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Total Opponent
1 Manchester United
Total Competition
1 Premier League
Total For player
1 Diogo Jota
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 05.01.2020 Everton Anfield FA Cup
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 52 19.05.2021 Burnley Turf Moor League
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
VfB Stuttgart 2019-2020 Germany 2 19 0 22 0
Bournemouth 2021-2022 Championship 17 0 18 0
Total 36 0 40 0