Liverpool may just have accidentally revealed that Nat Phillips is leaving the club with a clue on the club’s website.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is in the middle of a major squad rebuild after a disappointing fifth place finish in the Premier League last season.
The Reds have already signed Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai for a combined £90m and are expected to bring in further reinforcements, potentially in midfield or at centre-back.
Klopp has also allowed a number of senior players to leave the club, with James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all departing last month when their respective contracts expired.
There could be further departures this summer as Klopp looks to make space in his squad and raise transfer funds.
The Merseyside club may have inadvertently revealed Phillips as the next player out of the door at Anfield, when releasing their new away kit for the 2023/24 campaign.
There is no option on the club website to select the defender’s name on the back of the shirt, unlike the rest of the senior squad.
Could Phillips leave Liverpool this summer?
Phillips, 26, has struggled for game time in recent seasons, making just two Premier League appearances in the last two campaigns.
He spent part of the 2021-22 season on loan at Bournemouth and was linked with a move away from Liverpool last summer.
However, the Bolton-born centre-back, who has previously been described as a ‘monster’ by Klopp, was kept at the club to provide cover in defence.
He has continued to be linked with a transfer away from Anfield this summer, with relegated Leeds United reportedly keen to bring him to Elland Road.
Dutch club Feyenoord are also said to be interested in Phillips, who has made 29 senior appearances for Liverpool – the majority of which came during the 2020-21 season when the Reds suffered a defensive injury crisis.
Eagle-eyed supporters will have also noticed that Kaide Gordon was included as a selectable option on the shirts, suggesting he could be part of Klopp’s plans for the upcoming campaign.
The 18-year-old winger is expected to return to full training next week after 17 months out with a pelvic injury.
Liverpool face German side Karlsruher in their opening pre-season friendly on Wednesday, with their first game of the new Premier League campaign coming away at Chelsea on August 13.