Phillips made 20 appearances for the Reds in the campaign just gone, having been close to a permanent switch to Swansea worth in the region of £4 million last October.
Such was his form at the heart of Jurgen Klopp‘s defence that a debate has been held over whether to capitalise on his rise in value or keep him at Anfield beyond the transfer window.
Jones claims that Liverpool “would be reluctant sellers,” but “there is a deal to be done if the price is right,” with the player “open to the idea of moving on.”
The price tag is set at around £12 million, with Jones pointing to Adam Webster (£20m, 2019), Ben Godfrey (£25m, 2020), Ben Gibson (£15m, 2018) and Alfie Mawson (£15m, 2018) as centre-back moves the club see as “comparable” to any involving their No. 47.
Burnley have long been touted as an ideal destination for Phillips, and while the Telegraph‘s John Percy reports that the Clarets have agreed a fee for Stoke centre-back Nathan Collins, Jones insists “that move would not affect any potential bid.”
It is easy to see Phillips thriving in the back line of any of Newcastle, Southampton or Brighton, too, given their contrast in defensive styles compared to Liverpool.
While the Bolton academy graduate performed well for the Reds last season, there has always been a sense that he was playing outside of his comfort zone as a defender, with his lack of pace seeing him struggle at times in a high line.
For Liverpool, the prospect of raising around £12 million for a player who would have brought in less than a third of that under a year ago can be seen as great business.