Players - Nathaniel Phillips

Nathaniel Phillips
Birthdate: 21 March 1997
Birthplace: Bolton, England
Other clubs: Bolton Wanderers -2016 [youth], Stuttgart (2019 loan), Stuttgart (2/ loan 2020)
Liverpool debut: 05.01.2020
Last appearance: 31.10.2020
Contract expiry: Signed 07.08.2019 (long-term)
Win ratio: 100% W:2 D:0 L:0
League games / goals / assists: 1 / 0 / 0
Total games / goals / assists: 2 / 0 / 0

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. 

Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 1 0 0 0 2
2019-2020 0 1 0 0 0 1
2020-2021 1 0 0 0 0 1
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
1 West Ham United
1 Everton
Total Started/substitutions
2 Started
5 On the bench
0 Substitute
0 Substituted
Total Competition
1 FA Cup
1 Premier League
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 05.01.2020 Everton Anfield FA Cup
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
VfB Stuttgart 2019-2020 Germany 2 19 0 22 0
Total 19 0 22 0