Jurgen Klopp has heaped huge praise on Nat Phillips, following a superb performance from the centre-back against RB Leipzig.
The Reds were excellent in their 2-0 win over Julian Nagelsmann’s side on Wednesday evening, cruising into the Champions League quarter-finals.
After a frustrating first half saw Liverpool dominate but miss endless good chances, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane eventually put the tie to bed with well-taken finishes after the break.
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There were a number of strong performances on show at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, with Fabinho magnificent back in midfield and Phillips shining at the back.
“Oh my god” – Klopp lauds brilliant Phillips
It was the latter who came in for enormous praise after the game, with Klopp telling reporters (via Paul Gorst) that he was delighted with the 23-year-old’s performance:
“Phillips…oh my god! What a night for him. Absolutely great. Concentration level he shows is incredible. In the air, a monster, but football-wise not bad, I couldn’t be happier than I am for Nat. A great game.”
Transfer Tavern take
Phillips is more than worthy of such a glowing review, having put together such a dominant all-round showing against a team fighting for the Bundesliga title.
The defender may have his limitations as a player, but he has really stepped up to the plate in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
At a time when many Liverpool players have been under-performing, Phillips has been blameless a lot of the time and is arguably showing he could be a good fourth-choice option at centre-back next season.
He is out of contract in the summer of 2022 (Transfermarkt), meaning he could be snapped up for free next year, and perhaps performances like this one will convince the Reds hierarchy to extend that deal.
In other news, Liverpool have been boosted in their attempts to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer. Read about it here.
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