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Jurgen Klopp does not expect injury to block January transfer for Nat Phillips

Phillips is set to miss the rest of the year with a fractured cheekbone suffered in the 2-1 win over AC Milan, with Klopp expecting him to return in “four or five weeks.”

The injury rules Liverpool’s No. 47 out for the upcoming string of clashes with Aston Villa, Newcastle, Tottenham, Leicester, Leeds, Leicester and Chelsea, and probably the FA Cup third-round tie against Shrewsbury.

In all likelihood, Phillips has played his last game for the club, with Klopp already acknowledging that he is available for transfer in January.

Newcastle and West Ham are among the sides interested, though there could be concerns over Phillips’ fitness as both clubs are in urgent need of a centre-back who could come in and start immediately.

But with the 24-year-old still in non-contact training to maintain his fitness, Klopp believes there should be no issues, with Liverpool certainly not looking to “block anything.”

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