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Liverpool demand £15m transfer fee from Nat Phillips to Bournemouth, with Fulham also wanting Neco Williams back next season

LIVERPOOL want £15million for defender Nat Phillips after his successful loan spell at Bournemouth.

The centre-half became a cult hero at Anfield two seasons ago as he was thrust into the spotlight by the Reds’ unprecedented string of injuries.

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Liverpool will demand £15million fee for Nat Phillips, who impressed on loan at BournemouthCredit: Getty
Neco Williams had a successful loan spell at Fulham which saw him lift the Championship trophy

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Neco Williams had a successful loan spell at Fulham which saw him lift the Championship trophyCredit: Getty

But the returns of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez – as well as the signing of Ibrahima Konate – have left him far down the pecking order this season.

Phillips joined Bournemouth on loan in January and was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League.

Now the Cherries are desperate to keep him for their return to the top flight next season.

But Phillips is held in very high regard by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and will not be allowed to leave.

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Klopp was keen to congratulate him on his promotion at a press conference following Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final win over Villarreal.

And, with three years remaining on Phillips’ contract, the Reds will want to sell for £15million.

Fulham face a similar situation and charge for Welsh right-back Neco Williams.

The 21-year-old defender has been capped 18 times for Wales and spent the second half of the season on loan at Fulham.

Like Phillips, his introduction to the Cottagers proved important as Marco Silva’s side won the league title by bouncing straight back into the Premier League.

Williams made 14 league appearances for Fulham, scoring two goals and registering two more assists.

The right-back is likely to have more first-team opportunities at the west London side than at Liverpool and so he could be open to a transfer.

Fulham also have a stake in Ryan Fredericks, who will leave West Ham and become a free agent.

He will be a cheaper and more experienced option than Williams.