According to a report by journalist Kevin Palmer, via Anfield Watch, the form of defender Nathaniel Phillips over these last few months has done enough to convince Liverpool he has a big role to play next season – prompting many Reds to react as one called it ‘brilliant news’.
Phillips has been forced to stand in for injured first team figures at the back like Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and the colossal Virgil van Dijk (inews).
The 24-year-old has started 13 Premier League matches under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a result, making the most clearances per 90 (4.6) out of any Reds player in the squad (WhoScored).
Palmer now reports that Phillips has done enough to convince the club he can play a big role next season as the Reds seek to rebuild after what has been a title defence to forget.
While some Reds lavish this update, with one calling it ‘brilliant news’, others were also sceptical that Phillips is ready for a bigger role under Klopp next season.
Find all of their best verdicts from social media down below.
Liverpool fans flock to Phillips news
“Wow. Big respect for what he has done this season. But I’m not sure about using him next season. He is very good at winning headers, which is good when LFC face teams like Burnley and palace. Not up to the mark in passing though. But Klopp is a person who believes in training”
“Great to hear, we still need to sign Konate but Phillips has absolutely earned his place in the squad”
“He absolutely deserves it! Well earned! Can’t wait to see him next to Big Virg, a formidable defence in the making.”
“He’s done the job well, very happy to see him be rewarded with a role for next season.”
“Madness…. sell him while he’s at his highest, u make Him play 4th fiddle his value decreases massively.”
“Defo excellent player not just for the future but the present YNWA”
“Yeah he’s been outstanding”
“Buzzing to see this very well deserved”
“Are people actually slating him? He’s been a solid 7-8 out of 10 for pretty much all season and it’s his first season in the prem? I think this is brilliant news that he’s gonna play a part next season!”
In other news: Liverpool fans now want this ace out of Anfield, find out more here.
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