Nat Phillips’ patience paid off with a battle with Ibrahimovic – but what about that hindrance? – Liverpool FC

After playing an important role in security Champions League football for Liverpool this season, Nat Phillips finally got their first match in the final group game on Tuesday.

After the return of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and the appearance of Ibrahima Konate and with no events happening in the summer, Phillips had to save his time.

The 24-year-old is fifth at centre-back and has only 46 minutes of official play before Liverpool’s trip to the San Siro.

That the Red Devils have secured enough safety conditions Jurgen Klopp could very well veer toward him and, after praising his “absolutely insane” growth, Phillips took his chance at Konate’s side.

And in his first appearance since May, Phillips has held his own against the Italian and he knows patience will continue to be needed as firsthand experience shows he could be needed at any moment. .

“All I can do is apply myself as much as possible to training and develop myself as much as possible,” Phillips told the club’s official website.

MILAN, Italy - Tuesday, December 7, 2021: Liverpool's Takumi Minamino, Kostas Tsimikas, Fabio Henrique Tavares'Fabinho', Nathaniel Phillips and Naby Keita welcome traveling supporters after the UEFA Champions Group B match League match 6 between AC Milan and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Siro. (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

“I feel like I’ve seen those developments over the past few seasons.

“Obviously I want to play as much as I can but the competition is really tough, so I have to be ready when I get called up.

“I feel like I’ve stood my ground tonight. It was tough late in the game, I was a bit tired – that happens when you play your first 90 minutes in a long time – but I feel overall I can be proud of his performance. me.

“And it just shows that the work I put in during training has paid off.”

But what about that pull back between two Milan strikers in his own box at the end? Well, he joined many of the Reds because he wanted to watch it again.

“That’s right [special]. I’ll have to revisit it when I get the chance,” Phillips said.

“Honestly, there is no real thought process behind it. It was one of those things, it was just instinct and thankfully it paid off. I look forward to seeing that again.

“If it’s [a GIF] I’ll have to grab it so I can send it off! ”

Phillips future will once again be in question at the January window with Klopp admit earlier this month after Liverpool needed to secure their spot. Nat Phillips’ patience paid off with a battle with Ibrahimovic – but what about that hindrance? – Liverpool FC

Jake Nichol

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