Jurgen Klopp suffered a major blow to Liverpool’s injury as Nathaniel Phillips had to return against Manchester United on Sunday before the match was called off due to Old Trafford protesters.
The central defender was forced to split the last matches against Leeds United and Newcastle United due to a tendon problem and there was doubt about the match on Sunday against the team of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, Phillips had to start with Ozan Kabak in the central defense of Old Trafford, as Fabinho returned to the position of midfielder.
Although the game was postponed, it’s still great news for Klopp to get Phillips back available, especially after he and Kabak had a great partnership earlier in the season.
Can Phillips save the Liverpool season?
The 24-year-old, who is reportedly earning £ 64k a week in Liverpool, has proven to be a great option for the German manager this season, taking advantage of long-term injuries suffered by Virgil van Dyck, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to established himself as a regular first team at Anfield.
After spending last season on loan at VFB Stuggart in the Bundesliga 2, it seemed that the young defender has no real future with Liverpool, especially after Klopp confirmed earlier in the season that he was close to leaving last summer because of the interest of the clubs in the Championship.
However, he impressed his Premier League debut against West Ham, with Klopp praising his performance, saying:
“He is a brilliant man, a smart man, intelligent, everything. He’s not easy on the eye, he’s not Messi, but who cares? He is a monster in the air! He was amazing. “
Since then, Phillips has not looked back and continues to compete 12 times this season, averaging an impressive 7.09 rating for his performances, so it is definitely a boost that he is able to compete again.
His return will allow Fabinho to return to his natural position in defensive midfield, and if Phillips and Cabak can continue where they left off, then the Reds have a great chance to finish the season strong and win a place in the Champions League next season.
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