But with Konate now “out for a while” with a leg injury sustained in the 3-0 friendly loss to Strasbourg on Sunday, the decision could be made to keep the No. 47 on Merseyside.
“Yeah, probably,” he said when asked if he would now need to retain Phillips.
“It will influence the transfers, yeah. Outgoing transfers, I would say.”
There was no mention of 20-year-old defender Sepp van den Berg, who replaced Konate at Anfield last weekend, though it is likely he is also considered as potential cover.
But Klopp has maintained that Liverpool are still unlikely to further add to their squad before deadline day on September 1.
“We cannot sort a problem we have for four weeks with a transfer for a full year,” he insisted.
“That makes, in the moment at least, no sense for us.
“But the transfer window is still open, so we will see. But the plans are don’t go in that direction.”
With just under a month to go before the transfer window closes, there are few other Liverpool players expected to depart – particularly if deals for Phillips and Van den Berg are now ruled out.