Please Wait . . .

Klopp explains Phillips debut against West Ham in Fabinho & Van Dijk absence
Dark Mode
Top Leagues
01-Nov-2020, 01:08 am

Klopp explains Phillips debut against West Ham in Fabinho & Van Dijk absence


Phillips_cropped

Jurgen Klopp has trusted Nathaniel Phillips to line up at centre-back for Liverpool against West Ham because he is the most experienced option available.

The Reds are battling a defensive injury crisis after seeing Virgil van Dijk ruled out for several months with a knee ligament injury sustained against Everton in early-October.

With makeshift centre-back Fabinho out and Joel Matip still injured, 23-year-old Phillips has been drafted in for Saturday’s Premier League clash at Anfield.

Rhys Williams was the one trusted to replace Fabinho after the Brazil international limped off in the first half of Liverpool’s Champions League win against Midtjylland on Tuesday, while Klopp also highlighted 17-year-old Billy Koumetio as an option to partner Joe Gomez in the back line.

Meanwhile, the manager also said he is open to moving left-back Andrew Robertson into the middle to plug the gap.

Phillips had made just one senior appearance for the Reds - an FA Cup match against Everton earlier this year - before being handed his Premier League debut on Saturday.

The former Bolton youth academy player spent a season on loan at Stuttgart in the second tier in Germany, and Klopp believes his experience made him the ideal candidate to start against David Moyes’ side.

"Nat is the most experienced of the guys," Klopp said ahead of kick-off.

"He looks good in training, is a proper challenger, he loves the one on one situations and is good in the air. It's a special day for him 100 per cent."

Youngster Curtis Jones is also given another opportunity in midfield alongside Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Elsewhere, Klopp's team has a more familiar feel, with the favoured front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all back in. None of the trio started the Champions League win in midweek, though they did feature off the bench.

West Ham, meanwhile, started with Sebastien Haller up top in the absence of the injured Michail Antonio.


Source : goal.com

Recommended News :

Betting

Marcus Rashford Bruno Fernandes Man Utd

Manchester United vs PSG Betting Tips...

Manchester United welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford on Wednesday wi...
Tammy Abraham Chelsea vs Tottenham Premier League 2020-21

Sevilla vs Chelsea Betting Tips: Late...

Sevilla and Chelsea will compete for first place in Group E when they meet at...
Barcelona celebrate vs Osasuna, La Liga 2020-21

Ferencvaros vs Barcelona Betting Tips...

Barcelona travel to Hungary on Wednesday on matchday five of the Champions Le...
Diogo Jota Liverpool

Liverpool vs Ajax Betting Tips: Lates...

Liverpool can secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions Leag...
Ilkay Gundogan Manchester City Chancel Mbemba Porto 2020-21

Porto vs Manchester City Betting Tips...

Manchester City will be looking to clinch first place in their Champions Leag...

Transfer

Neymar Lionel Messi Barcelona

'We have to do it!' - PSG star Neymar...

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has said he wants to play alongside former Ba...
Arteta Szoboszlai

Arsenal 'planning' for January transf...

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are planning for the January transfer window and th...
Fikayo Tomori Chelsea 2020

Chelsea defender Tomori subject of lo...

Chelsea are fielding interest regarding a possible loan move for Fikayo Tomor...
Paul Pogba, Man Utd training

'Pogba always talks about leaving Man...

Paul Pogba always talks about leaving Manchester United, so he might as well ...
Mbappe Real Madrid PSG

'The biggest clubs need the best play...

Ex-Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has urged his former club to sign Par...
image-top-scroll
`