Liverpool are in the midst of the worst injury crisis in decades. In my lifetime I can’t think of a worse time to be in the Reds’ first team, they must be checking around corners wondering if the grim reaper is their to take their knees. The growing injury list means the boss will have to be nimble in his team selection. According to The Mail, Nat Phillips will start against Leicester City on Sunday.
Liverpool injury crisis
Jürgen Klopp has seen well over a dozen players ruled out with illness or injury this season, some of them with one after the other.
Superstar signing Thiago has only managed a game and a half since arriving from Bayern Munich.
The Spaniard tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after breaking a record on his debut against Chelsea.
He then put in a Man of the Match performance against Everton only to be injured by a petulant Richarlison.
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The defence has been worst hit by injuries. Virgil van Dijk has also been sidelined since the Derby, rupturing his ACL in an unfortunate Jordan Pickford accident.
Whilst Joe Gomez’s knee injury came during England training.
With Fabinho still recovering from a hamstring problem, just who will lineup alongside Joel Matip on Sunday is anybody’s guess.
Nat Phillips to start v Leicester City
According to The Mail, Nat Phillips will start against Leicester City on Sunday.
The outlet claims that with Fabinho’s fitness still up in the air and with Rhys Williams withdrawing from the England U21 side with a hip problem, the 23-year-old is the only option.
Should Nat Phillips get the nod against Leicester City it would be just his third ever start for Liverpool.
The Bolton native started against Everton in the FA Cup in January and against West Ham United at Anfield recently, picking up the Man of the Match award in the Premier League outing.
What RTK has to say
We won’t be terrified if Nat Phillips starts on Sunday.
The 23-year-old put in a thoroughly impressive display against West Ham United.
We also need to get used to the idea given that he could well be in and out of the side until January, or even until the return of Joe Gomez or Virgil van Dijk.