Johnson insists Phillips shouldn't be sold.
He told the Daily Star: "He [Phillips] really impressed me as he came into the side during a really tough time and he stepped into shoes that were impossible to fill and I think all the other young kids did that as well.
"They should all be proud of what they've done and Liverpool would have been considerably worse off if they didn't step in and perform.
"I don't think Nat should leave now as he's young.
"I'd like to see him leave on loan as he shouldn't give up on the Liverpool dream just yet and I'm pretty sure he won't.
"If he could get a loan deal to a top side where he could gain loads of experience then I think that would be a very good option for him."
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