Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained Liverpool’s reason behind the decision to end Nathaniel Phillips’ loan spell with Stuttgart.
The 22-year-old has returned to Anfield after spending the first half of 2019-20 in Germany with the promotion-chasing 2. Bundesliga side.
Now the centre-back will be available for the Reds as Klopp is currently without the injured Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Fabinho.
Speaking to Liverpool's official website, the Reds boss said:
“He’s our boy, he’s on loan at Stuttgart and is doing really well there. For people who don’t know, Stuttgart pretty much should be, together with Hamburg, the best team in the second division. They are third in the moment, they want to get promoted obviously, and they unfortunately sacked the manager because they are not happy with third place so you see how ambitious they are.
“They are a football-playing side and Nat is doing there really, really well. He played, I think, 11 games. Now we have the situation that we have and we thought ‘what can we do to help us a little bit?’ and we asked Stuttgart if they would be ready to give him back to us for a while and they said ‘OK’.
“I don’t think we asked Nat, actually, but he looked really happy yesterday [Friday] when he was in the dressing room so it’s just a nice story that we can do something like this. I hope that from Everton he will be available.”
Phillips missed Stuttgart’s final clash before the German winter break, but as Klopp stated his absence for that game was due to illness, not injury.
“He was ill, that’s how it is,”
Source- Liverpool FC