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Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips targets place on US tour

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips is delighted to be part of first team preseason.

Phillips featured in a 0-0 friendly draw with Bury.

Reflecting on his recent first-team involvement, the defender told Liverpoolfc.com: "At the moment I'm just trying to relish every opportunity I get given because I know in football opportunities are few and far between.

"So any chance I get in front of the manager is like a blessing really. I've just got to make the most of it."

The next target for the Bolton-born centre-back is to secure a place in the squad for the upcoming tour of the United States.

Asked about the prospect, he added: "I'd say so, yes, but I've got to take each step at a time.

"It's not that far around the corner and there will be players returning from the World Cup so if I can hold my place [in the squad] that will be one thing accomplished."

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