The move comes after Aston Villa reportedly agreed to sign Saints centre-back Jan Bednarek on a one-year loan deal.
According to the Athletic‘s David Ornstein, that move has seen Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side make a move for Phillips, but Liverpool are not willing to allow the centre-back to depart.
They may had been more receptive to a move had Sepp van den Berg not completed a temporary switch to Schalke earlier this week.
Many expected both Phillips and Van den Berg to move on this summer, but with Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate both picking up injuries in the early stages of the season, the club have seemingly decided to keep a fifth-choice centre-back option at the club.
The Cherries, though, have not returned with another offer for Phillips, with Parker claiming his signature would have been a “difficult one” to secure this summer, before he was sacked earlier this week.
Southampton have been tentatively linked with a move for Phillips in the past, and it’s unclear whether their approach was with a view to a loan or permanent offer.
Had they expressed an interest before Liverpool’s injury problems, things may have been different!