Klopp delighted at Nat Phillips’ ‘completely insane’ development – but ready to move – Liverpool FC

Manager Liverpool Jurgen Klopp attributed their record-breaking pace to pre-season brainstorming sessions aimed at enhancing their attacking advantage.

Win 4-1 on Wednesday Everton in the Merseyside derby setting a new pinnacle of scoring two or more goals in 18 consecutive games in all competitions.

43 of them Premier League Goals from 14 matches are the best in Europe’s top five leagues, surpassing Bayern Munich’s total by one, and their 25 goals from seven away games is the best of all time. water since then Burnley in 1961-62.

Last season, the number 68 – a campaign they struggled with until the last two months – was the lowest profit for a full season under Klopp’s reign but not much has gone wrong with a forward line. can be proud Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota.

However, Klopp and the coaches analyzed what they were doing and looked for ways to improve.

“It is a thought process. What can we do? How can we increase the probability of winning in football games? ” he say.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Liverpool's Diogo Jota (hidden) celebrates with teammates after scoring the fourth goal in the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, Derby match 239th Merseyside, at Goodison Park. Liverpool won 4-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

“It’s a challenge for all of us and it’s the same challenge we had last season.

“I think we were in a good position that season after winning the league and then we lost important players (to injury). Can we do better? Maybe yes, maybe not.

“It doesn’t matter anymore but we realize how dependent we are on specific things.

“You can change players but you can still follow your models and your philosophy and it will be fine.

“For us, that can’t happen anymore so we have to adapt. Over the past year, we’ve realized that in games we’ve run into problems that we didn’t have before.

“We were constantly in the same room together in pre-season. It was a long camp, and we had a lot of time to talk about it.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 21, 2021: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp (R) with his goalkeeping coach John Achterberg (LR), first team development coach Pepijn Lijnders, assistant manager Peter Krawietz during the 3rd Football League Cup match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

“Clearly the influence of Pep (Lijnders, assistant coach) and Vitor (Matos, development coach) is huge because they are outstanding football brains.

“Pete (Krawietz, assistant coach) is constantly thinking about how we can use what we have by analyzing things.

“If the players feel it is beneficial, that is very helpful, but you can only be creative in attack if you have a defensive guard. It’s not football for kids, it’s a constant process of finding that balance.”

Last season, without the defensive protection of their three senior centre-backs Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, the campaigns ended in January, Liverpool struggled with midfielders to fill the void in defence until Klopp finally put his faith in the rookie. Nathaniel Phillips, Rhys Williams and sign the loan Ozan Kabak.

Of those three, only Phillips is currently with the club (Williams is on loan at Swansea) but is the fifth choice, following the summer signing of Ibrahima Konate, was reduced to just 45 minutes in the Carabao Cup against Preston and a late substitute against Atletico Madrid in Champions League.

With opportunities continuing to be limited, he is likely to leave in January but he could still say his final farewell to AC Milan in next week’s deadly game in the San Siro.

Klopp raved about the player and offered a surprising comparison when it comes to his development.

“People often ask me which player has made the biggest progress under my leadership, and I say Robert Lewandowski,” he added.

“That’s probably true, but it’s not far off Nat Phillips, just in a completely different division.

BOLTON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 5, 2021: Liverpool captain Nathaniel Phillips during the Football League Cup match between Bolton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC U21 at Reebok Stadium. Bolton Wanderers won 4-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

“I remember when I saw Nat Phillips Firstly. I spoke to him after the game and he is one of the smartest players I have ever worked with.

“I told him, ‘You know I’m not the best looking right?’ but he’s improved quite a bit since then, and he’s not playing.

“Life isn’t fair sometimes and I can’t blame him. We can’t keep him forever, that’s clear.

“We needed him, just to be safe, for half a year. We will see what happens in the window.

“But his development is absolutely insane. I would sign him for any club but Liverpool because we have him. ”

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Jake Nichol

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