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Aldridge convinced Phillips and Williams can be long-term Liverpool options

Liverpool great John Aldridge believes Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams can be long-term options.

Aldridge believes Phillips, in particular, has proved himself to be a worthy contenders to be part of the club's long-term plans.

"There has been a feeling for some time now that they would sign two central defenders this summer, but I suspect they are looking at things differently right now," Aldridge told theSunday World.

"Nat Phillips was outstanding in the win against Manchester United on Thursday night and I'm sure Klopp is looking at the way he is developing and thinking he could be developed into a top defender.

"There is a feeling that Konate will come in from Leipzig, so the decision will be whether they need to sign a second defender or look at a line-up of Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Phillips and Williams and think that is enough."

Aldridge adds a note of caution to his comments, as he suggests signing Ozan Kabak on a permanent deal may be the more sensible option after Liverpool's season was derailed by a defensive crisis.

"For me, I would look to off-load Joel Matip this summer," added Aldo. "He has been fantastic for Liverpool over the last few years, but he can't play more than two or three games in a row without getting injured.

"The same problem has been there for Gomez, who is injury prone and that has to be taken into consideration when Liverpool make their decision on defensive signings this summer.

"I don't think they can rely on Gomez and Matip to be fit for a full season, so signing Kabak would be the right way to go as they can't leave themselves so short at the back again."

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