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But just days before he was set to begin a new chapter of his life, Liverpool swooped in and offered him a place in their academy.
Despite having the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip ahead of him in the Anfield pecking order, Phillips still harbours ambitions of breaking into Liverpool’s starting XI.
And he believes his experience of playing abroad will stand him in good stead to do just that.
In January, he told Goal: “I think what I’ve done this season has done nothing but help me, but it’s important to remain level-headed, one step at a time and do things the right way.