Nathaniel Phillips: Why Liverpool's Mr. Dependable Deserves a Long-Terms Role at the Club

Nathaniel Phillips: Why Liverpool's Mr. Dependable Deserves a Long-Terms Role at the Club

Nathaniel Phillips has all the attributes to become Liverpool's permanent, fourth-choice, centre back. Phillips, thanks to his scruffy beard and sweaty fringe, looks more like a hungover student than a Liverpool centre half. However, looks can be deceiving. His pragmatic style, limited capability and local connection to the club means that a role, as a long-standing deputy, should be on offer. The centre back has featured more than he would have expected this season, following the injuries to Virgil Van …
Jonny Evans Can Be Liverpool's Centre Half Emergency Solution

Jonny Evans Can Be Liverpool's Centre Half Emergency Solution

Not that you would know it from looking at the Premier League table, or Champions League group table for that matter, but Liverpool have been hamstrung by injuries to central defenders this season. Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez -- two of Jurgen Klopp's key defensive lieutenants -- will miss most of, if not all, the season, and Joel Matip visits the treatment room so frequently that he is almost at the point of paying rent there. Fabinho hasn't …
Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool: Player ratings as missed chances cost Reds

Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool: Player ratings as missed chances cost Reds

Liverpool's title success was built on 'finding a way to win', but their title defence has been hamstrung by their repeated failure to do so. It wasn't a vintage performance but it should have been enough to take the three points. The Reds have been left two reflect on the two glorious opportunities they squandered. Here is how they rated. Alisson Becker - 7/10 No qualms about the 'keeper's performance whatsoever. Distributed the ball tidily and sprung into action to …
Liverpool Stumble To Newcastle Draw

Liverpool Stumble To Newcastle Draw

Liverpool remain top of the Premier League table, despite a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United at St James' Park. A combination of bad finishing from the visitors -- an aspect of the game where Mohamed Salah was particularly guilty -- and the saves of Karl Darlow kept the hosts in the contest as the Reds failed to prize open their low block defence on enough occasions. Newcastle had opportunities themselves and Fabinho saved Nat Phillips blushes when he diverted a …
Eder Militao: A Loan Option For Liverpool

Eder Militao: A Loan Option For Liverpool

Injuries to the defence have hampered Liverpool so far this season, even if it has barely shown on the respective Premier League and Champions League tables. An injury sustained by Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby was the beginning of a run of rotten luck with injuries that is unprecedented in its scale in the club's modern history. Joe Gomez joined van Dijk on the sidelines -- where the likelihood is both will spend the majority of the, if …
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool were denied all 3 points at the Amex Stadium against Brighton and Hove Albion by a last-minute VAR-ridden penalty. It wasn’t the best of performances by The Reds but Diogo Jota’s excellent opener looking to have been enough to give Liverpool the win. Unfortunately, those incompetent imbeciles at Stockley Park felt the need to meddle and award The Seagulls a late spot-kick. Pascal Gross made no mistake from 12-yards and snatched a point for the home side. Brighton fully …
Brighton 1-1 Liverpool - Player Ratings as late penalty pegs Reds back

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool - Player Ratings as late penalty pegs Reds back

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, after more VAR drama, that saw the Reds have two goals disallowed, and Brighton given a penalty in stoppage time, which Pascal Gross scored to equalise. Liverpool took the lead in the second half through Diogo Jota after the Portuguese was set up by Mohamed Salah. The Reds had two goals denied by VAR, as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both …
Nat Phillips Can Provide Temporary Centre Half Relief For Liverpool.

Nat Phillips Can Provide Temporary Centre Half Relief For Liverpool.

Nat Phillips was picked as the man of the match award in Liverpool's 2-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday last. The performance -- and individual plaudits -- represents somewhat of a redemption for the 23-year old centre-half. With 12 Championship clubs chasing the Bolton natives’ signature in the summer, Phillips -- who had been deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield -- saw the writing on the wall for his Liverpool career. However, a move never materialized -- with Swansea …
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool 2-1 West Ham: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier with a hard-fought 2-1 win over West Ham United at Anfield. The Reds went a goal down early on but once again showed an incredible mentality to battle on and steal all three points. We weren’t at our best but the result is the most important thing, especially in this horrifically congested, soulless season. In goal, Alisson had very little to do and didn’t have much of a chance for the West …
Liverpool Player Ratings: Subs rally Reds past Hammers

Liverpool Player Ratings: Subs rally Reds past Hammers

Liverpool beat West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield, after coming from behind, with Diogo Jota scoring a late winner at the Kop End. Pablo Fornals put West Ham ahead early in the game with a neat strike that gave Alisson no chance in the Reds' goal. After plenty of huffing and puffing, the Reds were gifted a penalty late in the first half, when Arthur Masuaku fouled Mohamed Salah in the box. The Egyptian made no mistake with the penalty. …
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