Liverpool are facing something of a crisis at the minute. The Reds were questioned for their decision not to sign a fourth choice centre back before the close of the transfer window, many believing they were gambling on the fitness of their defenders. Given that the gamble didn’t pay off, Liverpool are lucky that they didn’t sell Nat Phillips – the crisis at the back would’ve been even worse.
Virgil van Dijk injury
We all thought that Van Dijk was made of steel. The man just doesn’t get injured. He played pretty much every minute of Premier League football since his arrival from Southampton in 2018.
Then last weekend Jordan Pickford flew in at the Dutchman’s knees, a reckless challenge which was bizarrely not greeted by a red card.
We learned on Sunday that the centre back has torn his ACL and will likely be out for the rest of the season.
This has left the Reds with just two first team centre backs, one of whom is already absent from the squad with injury.
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Nat Phillips not sold
23-year-old centre back Nat Phillips was tipped for an exit this summer.
The Liverpool ECHO claimed that there was interest from sides in the Championship, the outlet believing that he’d be moved on before the window closed.
However, the defender ended up staying at Anfield with no exit materialising.
Further disaster averted
Had Nat Phillips been moved on then the Reds would’ve been in an even deeper crisis.
The 23-year-old has the most extensive first team experience out of all of the younger candidates to step up.
Rhys Williams did player a full season at Kidderminster Harriers but Phillips’ experience came at a higher level at Stuttgart.
We may well see Phillips’ name on the subs bench in the coming weeks with Joel Matip struggling to play two games a week.