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Nat Phillips Had No Doubt Midfielder Was "a Serious Player"

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips says there were never any doubts in the squad about the ability of "unbelievable footballer" Thiago Alcântara. Thiago arrived at Anfield from Bayern Munich for the start of the season. He did not enjoy the easiest of bedding-in periods and was badly injured by a rash Richarlison tackle in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park in October. In a chat with the Liverpool Echo, Phillips discussed how impressed the first-team squad was with Thiago's ability in …
Red reveals words of advice and praise received from teammates

Red reveals words of advice and praise received from teammates

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips has spoken of some of the confidence-building words of encouragement he has heard from experienced teammates. Phillips played a pivotal role in Liverpool's strong run of form to the end of the season, normally alongside either Ozan Kabak or young Rhys Williams at the heart of The Reds' defence. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Phillips revealed how some of the more senior players in the squad would take every opportunity to pass on advice or messages …
Should Nat Phillips be a long-term option for Liverpool?

Should Nat Phillips be a long-term option for Liverpool?

For an emergency centre-half, Nat Phillips has become surprisingly divisive. At least that's the impression I get from my Twitter feed. There are those who believe he's performed well enough in a time of crisis to merit a place in Liverpool's centre-back rotation moving forward. And then there are those who acknowledge the contribution he's made but argue that he's ultimately too limited a defender to figure long-term. Liverpool should be back up to a full complement of centre-halves next …
Liverpool Finish Season Third After Palace Win

Liverpool Finish Season Third After Palace Win

Liverpool finished the Premier League season in third place after a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield. The Reds knew that they needed a win to secure Champions League qualification over one of Chelsea or Tottenham and they duly obliged thanks to a brace of goals from Sadio Mane and a dominant performance. For the home team to finish third, just five points off second, in a season where they were decimated by injuries and plagued by misfortune, is …
Love Nat Phillips, but don't overrate him

Love Nat Phillips, but don't overrate him

One of the hardest things as a football supporter is finding a fair middle ground. We're all guilty of going overboard one way or the other. If a player you love plays well, it's the greatest performance you've ever seen. If a player you don't rate is slightly off the boil, he's a complete waste of space. Finding balance seems increasingly difficult. From a Liverpool perspective, one of the main focal points at the moment is Nat Phillips, who has …
Nat Phillips delights in Man of the Match performance at Burnley

Nat Phillips delights in Man of the Match performance at Burnley

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips turned in another fine display against Burnley to help The Reds to a huge three points. Jürgen Klopp's men made it four wins on the bounce and now have Champions League qualification in their own hands heading into Sunday's final game of the season against Crystal Palace. Phillips was voted man of the match after his excellent performance. After a pretty nervy start, the centre-back really grew into the game, scoring a goal, clearing a Burnley …
Liverpool Move Into Top Four With Burnley Win

Liverpool Move Into Top Four With Burnley Win

Liverpool's Champions League qualification hopes were boosted after a 3-0 win away to Burnley. The Reds went into the clash at Turf Moor knowing they needed a win to keep alive their prospects of Champions League football next season and they duly obliged in a dominant performance. Goals from Roberto Firmino, Nat Phillips, and replacement Alex Oxlade Chamberlain secured the victory. Right from the offset, it was clear that the six times European champions would commit to attack and they …
Late Alisson Winner Keeps Liverpool's Champions League Hopes Alive

Late Alisson Winner Keeps Liverpool's Champions League Hopes Alive

A late Alisson Becker winner secured Liverpool a last gasp 2-1 win against West Bromwich Albion that kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive. Drawing 1-1 against a deep-sitting home team, the Reds won a corner in the fourth minute of the allotted extra time. Trent Alexander Arnold's corner was then met powerfully by the head of the Brazilian and the ball surged past Sam Johnstone for a goal that could be huge in the years to come. West Brom …
Brave Klopp Selections Keeps Liverpool In Champions League Picture

Brave Klopp Selections Keeps Liverpool In Champions League Picture

Prior to this season, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams had the same amount of top-flight football experience as you and I: zero. The highest rung of the football ladder that Phillips -- who was close to accepting a footballing college scholarship in the United States before joining the Liverpool academy -- found himself on was the German second division with VFB Stuttgart. Williams, meanwhile, played his trade in the non-league with Kidderminster Harriers. Therefore, it was entirely brave of Jurgen …
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Reds defender delights in "ugly" win at Old Trafford

Liverpool's Nat Phillips recovered from a shaky start to play a huge part in The Reds' 4-2 win at Old Trafford on Thursday night. Phillips was unable to prevent Bruno Fernandes speculative attempt from going in after just 10 minutes. However, the centre-back reacted brilliantly to that nervy start to set up Diogo Jota's equaliser. Roberto Firmino scored two goals - one on either side of half-time - to put Liverpool 3-1 ahead. Marcus Rashford replied for United only for …
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