English Premier League leaders Liverpool have recalled Nathaniel Phillips from his loan spell at Stuttgart the club has confirmed.
In a statement on their website, Liverpool noted: “Liverpool have reached an agreement with Stuttgart for Nathaniel Phillips to return from his loan spell in January.”
The move has been necessitated due to the injury crisis the Jurgen Klopp side is facing in the defensive unit.
Klopp has been deprived off the services off Joel Matip (knee) and Dejan Lovren (hamstring) both currently sidelined and midfielder Fabinho – a potential stand-in – also out.
This leaves Jurgen Klopp with just two fit senior central defenders in Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, which is far from ideal given they are still competing in three competitions, having just returned from Qatar as world club champions.
Phillips had made 11 appearances for the Bundesliga 2 side this season, and his recall to Anfield means he could make his debut in the FA Cup third round Merseyside derby tie at home to Everton on January 5.
Liverpool is currently 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League as they edge ever closer to winning their first English top-flight title in 31 years.