28 Feb 2017

'LFC Contacted Me': Towering defender reveals details about 'signing' for 'Liverpool'. Transfer completed after US snub

One of Liverpool's academy players has revealed that he rejected a move to the USA to sign for Liverpool.

Speaking to the official Liverpool FC website this week, 19-year old central defender Nathaniel Phillips confirmed:

"I was set to go out on a scholarship to university in America, then Liverpool contacted me and asked if I'd come and train with them. I ended up signing a contract on the day I was meant to be flying out to America!".

Some info about Phillips:

* 19-year old central defender. LFC contract expires: 2018

* Description on LFC's website: "A towering centre-back. Very brave defender who will put his body on the line for the team cause".

Aug 2016: Release by Bolton Wanderers' Academy after spending a year in the club's U23s.

* Jan 2017: Made his U23 debut against Manchester United.

* Feb 2017: On his experience at LFC: "It's all been surreal. Every time I walk into this building I just look around and see all the facilities and think 'I'm so lucky to be here".

Hmmm. Seemingly not good enough for Bolton Wanderers (and released by his own father, Jimmy Phillips, who is Bolton's Academy director), but deemed good enough for Liverpool? Perhaps this is why Academy centre-halves never make it into the first team...


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