Alan Shearer hails “commanding” Liverpool defender after 3-0 win over Burnley
Alan Shearer heaped praise on Liverpool’s Nat Phillips for his individual performance last night in the victory away to Burnley.
The Merseyside giants earned another three points in the Premier League with an impressive 3-0 away win on Wednesday night at Turf Moor.
Despite the fact Burnley posed a threat all game in front of their home supporters, it was the visitors that were more clinical in attack.
Roberto Firmino opened the scoring on the stroke of half time, before defender Phillips headed in a second shortly after the restart. Reds substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted a third late on to add some gloss to the scoreline.
The result means Jurgen Klopp’s side are now fourth in the league table going into Sunday’s final game of the season against Crystal Palace at Anfield.
They know a win is likely to guarantee Champions League qualification, but fifth-placed Leicester City are only behind them on goal difference by a four-goal margin waiting for any slip ups.
Pundit Shearer named Liverpool centre-back Phillips as his man of the match against Burnley.
As well as getting on the scoresheet, the 24-year-old aggressive defender did a superb job at the back sniffing out danger to help keep a clean sheet.
“It was a bit of a tricky start for Nat Phillips, but after that, once he settled down, he was the best player on the park. He was commanding, did everything he had to do very well,” Shearer told Match of the Day.
Phillips has played like a man possessed at the end of this season, and is one of the driving forces in the team’s late charge to try secure Champions League football for next year.
He’s very much built in the mould of an old school centre-half, but his love for defending has been a massive help.
There was one goal-line clearance he made that showed great defensive instincts, so it’s no surprise to hear him earn rave reviews after another commanding display.
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