Liverpool defender Nat Phillips will hope that he’s done enough to persuade manager Jurgen Klopp that he doesn’t have to tap into the transfer market in January. With Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez long-term absentees due to severe knee injuries and Joel Matip out for three weeks with a groin injury, Klopp currently has no fit central defenders.
In central defense, Fabinho played most of his games, with Phillips and 19-year-old rookie Rhys Williams filling in when needed. Phillips is aiming to add to his three appearances in the Premier League (Peter Powell/PA) Prior to this season, Phillips made just one start in the third-round FA Cup win over Everton – a match for which he was brought back from Stuttgart to Germany on loan. He made his debut in the Premier League against West Ham on Oct. 31, scoring his first goal on Wednesday in his third outing at Newcastle. There are calls for Klopp to shore up his defense after the window opened, with van Djk and Gomez unlikely to play much, if any, role this season and Matip still dealing with injuries. “That’s what I want to do: go on the pitch and play,”That is what I want to do: go on the pitch and play. For me, it (Newcastle) was a difficult game, very physical, they didn’t make it easy. “It (Newcastle) was a tough game for me, very physical, they didn’t make it easy. ” A clean slate, though, isn’t bad. “It definitely challenged me. I wouldn’t say I felt overwhelmed. The more games I’ve played, the more I get used to it, but every game is a different challenge. I just have to try to gain experience in each game and work on the things I need to do better, learn from each game and hopefully take the momentum with me. “The 23-year-old hopes to retain his place for the trip to Southampton on Monday. He was replaced at Newcastle for Wednesday’s goalless draw ahead of teenager Williams, who was the favoured backup for Matip in his last two injuries. “According to Nat Phillips – Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 31, 2020, Danny Murphy, a former Reds midfielder, believes he was not convincing enough to warrant a prolonged call-up. According to Nat Phillips – Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 31, 2020, the Reds left St. James’ Park frustrated but determined to take the positives into our next game, “I think he struggled a little at times. “He’s played Rhys Williams, he’s played Jordan Henderson there, we’ll have to wait and see.”