Jamie Carragher raves about Nat Phillips as Liverpool beat Burnley
Jamie Carragher raved about Nat Phillips after Liverpool secured a 3-0 win over Burnley last night. The former defender was covering the game for Sky Sports and could hide his delight at the youngster’s performance.
Goals from Roberto Firmino, Phillips and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ensured that Liverpool head into Sunday’s final game of the campaign knowing that a win will secure Champions League football.
Phillips has been a revelation during 2020/21 and has stepped up in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, with the trio all nursing long-term problems.
The 24-year-old scored a brave goal against the Clarets sticking his head on the line to score with Ben Mee in pursuit of the Liverpool star.
Carragher praised the centre-back for his efforts and took to Sky Sports to praise the dogged enforcer.
He said: “Nat Phillips has been truly outstanding. I think if a double-decker bus came into the box, he would have headed it away.”
Liverpool face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday and their Champions League fate is now in their own destiny. All three points will do the trick, whilst even a defeat could be enough if Leicester lose to Tottenham.
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With Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip all likely to be back for next season and Ibrahima Konate on Liverpool’s wishlist, the competition for defensive places could become fierce.
Phillips deserves a chance to stay around the squad though and his performances this season have been a joy to behold in large.
At 24, he isn’t quite as raw as Rhys Williams has been and he’s become a polished defender during the 2020/21 campaign.
Phillips earns in the region of £65,000-a-week at Anfield and it’ll be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp utilises him next season.