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Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson rave about one Liverpool player after Burnley win

Former and current Liverpool midfielders Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson have been raving about Nat Phillips after the defender’s display against Burnley on Wednesday night.

Phillips struck his first goal in senior football to hand Jurgen Klopp’s side a two-goal lead at Turf Moor, to build on the momentum gained from Roberto Firmino’s first half opener.

The Bolton-born centre-back, making his 20th first-team appearance for the Reds, did superbly to escape the attentions of the Clarets backline to meet Sadio Mane’s inch-perfect cross, before sending an unstoppable header past Will Norris.

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Phillips was imperious in the duel at both ends of the pitch to also thwart Chris Wood in his search for Burnley’s route back into the game, and shone under pressure to clear Ben Mee’s header from his own goal line after the Clarets captain delivered a strong back-post effort.

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Wood had gone into the game riding a strong wave of form with eight goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances, while providing three assists, but was held to a single shot on target from three attempts (WhoScored) against a commanding performance from Phillips.

Adams, who played 37 times during his sole year at Anfield, was full of praise for Phillips’ overall performance, telling BBC Radio 5 live (19/5, 22:16): “I thought Nat Phillips was outstanding.”

Current Liverpool captain Henderson likewise enthused over Phillips’ display, taking to Twitter to share: “Deserved that goal. Brilliant tonight and all season.”

TBR’s view:

Phillips certainly deserved the praise that flooded his way following Wednesday night’s win over Burnley, having epitomised Liverpool’s efforts at Turf Moor and why he has received Klopp’s backing this season by producing a commanding display.

The defender flourished at both ends of the pitch to give the Reds the chance to move back into the top-four and go into the final day of the season able to claim a Champions League place, while neutralising Burnley’s hopes of a comeback with his first career senior goal.

No Liverpool player attempted (4) or took possession with more tackles (3) than Phillips, who also provided a game-high nine clearances and won a game-high 12 defensive aerial duels, with twice as many as any other player for either side, per WhoScored.

If Phillips can replicate that performance when Liverpool host Crystal Palace on Sunday, then Klopp should feel confident in securing Champions League football for another season.

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