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Forgotten Liverpool player spotted during Jurgen Klopp’s farewell speech as he joins guard of honour at Anfield despite struggling for minutes

A forgotten Liverpool player was spotted during Jurgen Klopp’s farewell speech after his squad formed a guard of honour at the end of his final match in charge.

Klopp bowed out on a high after a 2-0 victory against Wolves and emerged after the full-time whistle to deliver one last emotional message to the crowd at Anfield.

His players had lined up on either side of the tunnel for Klopp and his departing backroom staff to walk through and receive a rapturous reception from supporters.

Younger members of the first-team crop, such as Jayden Danns and Conor Bradley, were also present after playing their part in Klopp’s swansong campaign. 

Most of the club’s loan contingent were not at the ceremony but there was one exception with Nathaniel Phillips seen standing with Klopp during the ceremony.

Jurgen Klopp delivered an emotional farewell speech after Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Wolves

Reds players formed a guard of honour for Klopp after he emerged from the Anfield tunnel

Reds players formed a guard of honour for Klopp after he emerged from the Anfield tunnel

Phillips played 17 games during the 2020-21 season after Klopp was hit by a crippling injury crisis at centre back and led the Reds to Champions League qualification.

He has played just two league games since and been sent out on various loan spells.

Bournemouth and Celtic both brought Phillips in on temporary stints and the towering centre back spent the second half of the 2023-24 campaign at Cardiff. 

With the regular Championship year finishing earlier than the Premier League, Phillips was able to attend the ceremony and pay his respects to Klopp.

Phillips, who was not registered in Liverpool’s top-flight squad, impressed during his time in Wales and he is keen to remain at the club next season.

Phillips was a regular starter in the 2020-21 season but has been sent out on loan several times

Phillips was a regular starter in the 2020-21 season but has been sent out on loan several times

Phillips stood behind Andy Robertson and Ibrahima Konate for Klopp's parting speech

Phillips stood behind Andy Robertson and Ibrahima Konate for Klopp’s parting speech

The towering centre back has admitted he is keen to remain with Cardiff next campaign

The towering centre back has admitted he is keen to remain with Cardiff next campaign

‘I’ve got two [years on my contract] actually at Liverpool,’ he said, via WalesOnline. ‘There’s a lot of change going on at Liverpool, so there’s a lot up in the air there.

‘They’ve got a lot to sort out themselves. I’d certainly consider a return to Cardiff. I’ve enjoyed my time here, I’ve enjoyed playing regularly.

‘I want to continue playing regular football and enjoying my football.

‘Any time you move clubs, a lot is up in the air. I’ve done it a few times with loans, so I would say I’m more accustomed to it than some people are.’

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