Liverpool won’t be in the market for a defender during the winter window. The Reds have been dealing with a crisis at the back, with both Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip out injured. Many believed Jurgen Klopp would be in the market for a centre back in January.
However, Nat Phillips’ performance against Everton is likely to have changed his mind.
The 22-year-old had been on loan this season with Bundesliga 2 side Stuttgart. After making 11 appearances in Germany he returned to Merseyside, recalled by Klopp. With Liverpool facing issues at the back, he has been gifted with a rare chance at first team football. Yesterday’s Derby was a test of his credentials, one he passed with flying colours. Alongside the in-form Joe Gomez, he shut out the Everton front line and helped Liverpool progress in the FA Cup.
Despite enduring something of a slow start, Phillips looked calm and assured. Everything that came his way he dealt with well and he appears to have improved during his brief stint in Europe. The young centre back can provide adequate cover for Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk should we need it.
His presence in the side has eased what appeared to be a difficult situation that would have forced us into the transfer market. Something which is inadvisable for multiple reasons. Availability, cost and quality are all hard to come by in the January window. It is an unnecessary distraction with games coming thick and fast. Liverpool should just stick with Phillips for the time being and concentrate on getting our players back fit rather than recruiting anyone else.