Liverpool have sent centre-back Nathaniel Phillips back to Stuttgart on loan for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
The 22-year-old was only recalled to Anfield on December 27 amid a defensive injury crisis for manager Jurgen Klopp.
Phillips made his Liverpool debut in the FA Cup win over Everton earlier this month, but it was confirmed on Monday he will now return to Stuttgart with Joel Matip (knee) and Dejan Lovren (hamstring) closing in on returns to fitness.
Stuttgart sit third in the Bundesliga II and Phillips made nine league appearances for them during his initial spell.
Nathaniel Phillips has returned to Stuttgart on loan until the end of the season.
Good luck, Nat! https://t.co/I25Nl434jx
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