Nathaniel Phillips is now a member of Jürgen Klopp's first-team squad after initially arriving at Liverpool ahead of the 2016-17 season following a successful trial with the club's Academy.
A towering centre-back, he previously came through the youth ranks at Bolton Wanderers.
After missing a large part of 2017-18 with a back injury, the defender returned to enjoy a strong end to the campaign and was awarded the captain's armband for the U23s.
He would catch of the eye of Klopp during the 2018-19 pre-season, but was unable to build on the encouraging summer due to an ankle injury that saw him miss the majority of the campaign.
However, Phillips again secured a place on the club's pre-season tour to the United States the following summer and signed a long-term contract with the Reds in August 2019.
He then immediately joined German side VfB Stuttgart on a season-long loan, but was recalled by the Reds in December following several defensive injuries.
Phillips made his Liverpool debut as Everton were beaten at Anfield in the FA Cup and subsequently returned to Stuttgart for the remainder of 2019-20.
Injuries would then provide Phillips with further first-team opportunities in the Premier League and Champions League in 2020-21, with Klopp hailing him as a "monster" in the air after the Reds beat RB Leipzig to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.
Phillips, who scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win at Burnley in May 2021, signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool in August 2021 and then joined Championship outfit AFC Bournemouth on loan in January 2022.