Liverpool have had to make a lot of adjustments this season. The Reds have been in something of an ongoing crisis due to persistent injury problems. We addressed some of the injury woes in the winter window. Nat Phillips has spoken about the signings of Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies.
Liverpool centre back arrivals
This season started awfully for the Reds when Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season as early as October.
Joe Gomez suffered the same fate just a few weeks later.
Joel Matip was in and out of the side until January when he too was sidelined until the next campaign.
Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have filled in at the back along with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.
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In the winter window the Reds brought in a pair of players to plug the gap at the back.
Ozan Kabak was signed on loan from Schalke whilst Ben Davies arrived on a permanent deal from Preston North End.
The Turkish international has been thrown in at the deep end whilst Davies is yet to make an appearance for the Reds.
Nat Phillips on new signings
This season must’ve come as a surprise to Nat Phillips.
The 23-year-old was expected to be sold before the campaign kicked off but he ended up sticking around and getting a surprise run in the side.
He has now made eight appearances in the Premier League this term, six as a starter. Nat Phillips has discussed the Reds bringing in new faces in his position, telling Sky Sports:
“I think for me personally – that side of things I can’t really have an impact on, so it doesn’t make sense for me to focus on it or worry about it.
“I think for the sake of the club and the team, bringing in the centre-backs was a good thing, because we were short of centre-backs. People were playing out of position and injuries were happening often.
“So it was a massive help for the team, but I can only control how I train and how I play when I get those opportunities.
“That was the mindset I took: there’s no point worrying about things that are out of my control and I just need to focus on what is best for the team.”
What RTK has to say
Nat Phillips’ chance in the squad came as a shock to many this season, nobody would’ve expected him to be called into action.
He has done himself proud for the most part.
However, he must be under no illusions that he’ll keep his place in the side next season.
This has been an impressive term for this CV though. There’ll be plenty of offers on the table for him at the end of the season.