David James makes big Nat Phillips claim after Liverpool beat Burnley on Wednesday night
David James has told Stadium Astro that he believes Liverpool defender Nat Phillips could be the perfect partner for Virgil van Dijk and might have overtaken Joe Gomez – when the Dutch and English central defenders eventually return to action.
Phillips, 24, opened his account for Liverpool as the Reds beat Burnley 3-0 – heading a Sadio Mane cross into the back of the net to score Liverpool’s second. Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also got their names on the score sheet.
Not only did Phillips get his name on the score sheet, but the ex-Bolton defender also cleared one off the line to keep a clean sheet intact – telling media after the match that he would rather a clean sheet, over finding the back of the net himself.
Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper James was asked if Phillips could be the perfect partner for van Dijk, and the retired goalkeeper believes he has done enough to show he can even overtake Gomez in the pecking order – and become a starting defender.
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