In response to a question from Liverpool news feed @TheAnfieldTalk, Reds fans have called for Nathaniel Phillips to keep his place for Thursday’s vital clash with Chelsea.
Phillips lined-up alongside January signing Ozan Kabak for Sunday’s 2-0 win at Sheffield United.
He was drafted into the starting XI to replace Jordan Henderson, who picked up an injury in the Merseyside Derby.
Phillips turned in a solid performance, winning a team-high seven aerial duels (via WhoScored).
Fabinho, who has been filling in at centre-half during Liverpool’s injury crisis, is expected to be fit again (via Goal). That leaves Jurgen Klopp with something of a selection dilemma.
He may elect to play Fabinho in his preferred midfield slot and stick with Sunday’s pairing, but the Brazilian was excellent at centre-back in September’s reverse fixture, which Liverpool won 2-0.
In fact, he’s proven capable of marshalling some of the league’s top attackers as a makeshift defender, so Kabak’s run of four consecutive starts may be halted.
It is a crucial game in Liverpool’s season, offering them the chance to leapfrog their top-four rivals.
Should Phillips start v Chelsea? Fans have their say
“Easy. Should be on paper for the remainder of the season until Virg/Matip/Gomez return.”
“100%. Even if Fab starts it’s for Kabak.”
“Definitely, he’s our best centre half atm”
“Yes we need centre backs as centre backs! Wins aerials battles and a good tackler, slightly lacks a bit of pace but I’d prefer Fab back in midfield protecting the defence”
“He eats nails for breakfast now with that new haircut of course start him… kind of want Fabinho in midfield maybe for Thiago or Jones.”
“Personally I think he’s done better than Kabak”
“100% he’s the only one capable of handling Giroud”
“Think the key is to keep playing the same back four in all matches, from now and get Fabinho back to the DM.”
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