Liverpool defender delighted Reds showed fight to bounce back after going behind against Villa
Liverpool defender Nat Phillips was delighted with how The Reds battled back from a goal down to take all three points against Aston Villa.
Phillips was at the heart of Liverpool’s back four alongside Ozan Kabak again. They were unable to prevent Ollie Watkins from putting the visitors ahead in the first half. It was Watkins’ fourth goal against Liverpool this season. Thankfully, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold were able to provide the goals in the second half for The Reds to win 2-1.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the victory, Phillips gave his thoughts on how Liverpool dealt with the disappointment of going behind in the game:
“It would be easy to let that frustration manifest itself. But that’s your job: to make sure it doesn’t do that, to keep on doing what’s getting you chances and keep the faith that opportunities will come and you’ll be able to finish them off.
“At the same time, keep things tight at the back and not go too much one way and leave ourselves open at the back to concede more. And that’s what we did, I felt.
“We just kept pushing, kept the belief and kept pushing each other. It just felt like there was a really good team atmosphere out there today, which I love most about the game.
“I think we were unfortunate to go behind, we had plenty of chances in the first half to go ahead and then try to take control of the game and do that.
“But what happened, happened and we found ourselves behind and then you’ve got to find a way to get yourselves back into the game, get a goal and push for a winner.
“It’s something that we’ve struggled to do when we’ve gone behind, to then turn it around, and it’s such a nice feeling to come off the pitch knowing that we’ve done that.
“It took a lot of character, a lot of hard work, getting each other to work, but we did it and I’m so happy that we have.”
When asked about the battle for a top-four finish, Phillips said:
“It’s hard not to pay attention to what else is going on in the table but, ultimately, none of that matters if we don’t do our job, which is to win our games.
“That’s what we set out to do today – try to apply pressure to those teams who are above us and who still have to play their game.
“We’ll see what happens but, ultimately, we have to concentrate on winning our games and then we give ourselves a good chance.”
Liverpool and Phillips face the mammoth task of trying to overcome a two-goal deficit against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. After that, it’s back to Premier League action away to Leeds next Monday night.
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