Liverpool slumped to two disappointing draws in the past week. The Reds were held at home by West Brom before they were shut out at Newcastle United. They were two pretty limp displays but explainable by injuries. Nat Phillips has shown why Liverpool need to sign Dayot Upamecano, or someone like him.
Liverpool draw at Newcastle United
What a boring night, what a boring game.
Liverpool travelled to the North East hoping to set the record straight with an emphatic victory but instead we watched another bore draw.
The Reds were limp in possession until Thiago came on for the final 20 minutes.
Mo Salah wasted chance after chance whilst Bobby Firmino and Sadio Mane kept plugging away with no success.
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Nat Phillips starts at the back
Liverpool were forced to start with an academy product at the back.
Joel Matip was ruled out for three weeks when he limped out of a draw with West Brom at the weekend.
Nat Phillips stepped into the backline and looked pretty shaky at times.
Whilst he didn’t make any horrendous errors he struggled with the pace and power of Callum Wilson.
He was also wasteful in possession, not that we can blame him – that isn’t his game and we’ve been spoiled by the range of Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool need Dayot Upamecano
This game showed just how important our centre backs are to our build up play.
Nat Phillips showed why Liverpool need to sign someone like Dayot Upamecano.
The £40m reported target wouldn’t just bring defensive stability but also an immense passing range.
The Frenchman is noted for his ability to find a teammate from the back.
Whilst Nat Phillips misplaced most of his long passes at St. James’ Park.
Losing our defenders to injury is having less of an impact on our vulnerability and more of an impact on our use of the ball.
Liverpool are crying out for a player like Dayot Upamecano at the back.