Nat Phillips has joined Championship promotion hopefuls Bournemouth on a season-long loan, with Liverpool having turned down offers from Premier League clubs.
The 24-year-old was supposed to leave Liverpool on a permanent basis this month, but has instead joined Dean Court on a five-month loan.
After signing a new four-year deal in August, Phillips was valued at £15 million, but despite interest from Newcastle, Watford, Burnley, West Ham, Brighton, and teams in Germany and Italy, no genuine bids surfaced.
Instead, the Reds got loan bids from Newcastle and Leicester, as well as a £7 million offer from Watford, all of which fell short of their asking price.
That left Liverpool waiting for interest on deadline day, which ultimately led to Phillips joining Bournemouth for the remainder of the season.
The Championship club paid a loan fee of £1.5 million to transfer the centre-back to the south coast, and they will also cover his salary and pay a further £250,000 if they get promoted.
Since then, his reputation has grown significantly, and Liverpool will be hoping that he continues to perform well in the Championship before garnering additional attention in the summer transfer season.
Bournemouth are third in the Championship, six points behind leaders Fulham, one point behind second-placed Blackburn with a game in hand, and seven points ahead of eighth.