Nathaniel Phillips wants more first-team football after he got another taster against AC Milan in the San Siro on Tuesday night.
Phillips, 24, who was making his first start of the season did not disappoint. He helped Jurgen Klopp’s men to a 2-1 win to make it six wins from six qualifying games in their Champions League group. And the centre-back demonstrated a superb piece of skill which, afterwards Jurgen Klopp labelled “the situation of the game”.
Midway through the second half inside his own penalty area, facing his own goal, Phillips displayed calmness and skill. He turned away from two onrushing Milan players and launched Liverpool on the attack.
“Yeah, it was [special] – I’ll have to watch it back when I get chance,” Phillips said.
“There was no real thought process behind it, to be honest. It was one of those things, it was just instinct and thankfully it paid off. I’m looking forward to watching that back.
“If it is [a GIF] I’ll have to get hold of it so I can send it around!”
It was an impressive performance from Phillips, “outstanding,” according to Klopp.
The defender admitted he tired towards the end. And it was a run-out which has only whetted his appetite for more action. But with a fully-fit back line this season, a repeat of last season’s 20 appearances seems unlikely.
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Last week Klopp heaped praise on his fifth-choice centre-back, admitting the Reds “cannot keep him forever”. And Phillips is already a target for Newcastle and West Ham, according to reports.
Phillips felt fatigued
Barring another injury in central defence Phillips will most likely be allowed to leave and he has admitted now that game time is crucial to him.
“Obviously I want to be playing as much as possible, but the competition is really difficult. So I’ve got to be ready when I’m called upon,” he told liverpoolfc.com
“I felt like I stood myself in good stead (against Milan). It was tough towards the end.
“It was tough against (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, someone who has been at the top…