Liverpool are going to have some tough decisions to make this summer. The Reds will have to move on some players and splash some cash on new signings. First they have to make a call on their centre back roster, one man has given then plenty to consider. Emile Heskey has heaped praise on Nat Phillips.
Nat Phillips chance
Nobody thought Nat Phillips would be playing this regularly this season.
The Bolton native has been thrust into the first team due to a string of injuries to the senior centre back roster.
Jürgen Klopp lost Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the season early on and Joel Matip succumbed in January.
Phillips was handed sporadic appearances throughout but recently he’s become undroppable from the back four, earning the nickname ‘the Bolton Baresi’.
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Emile Heskey on Nat Phillips
The Bolton Baresi has gained respect from fans and pundits alike.
When we asked Emile Heskey about the form of Nat Phillips the ex-England striker told us that he actually trained with the defender when the pair were at Bolton:
“I was at Bolton when he was there, he trained with us once and someone reminded me and I was like ‘oh yeah!’ I’d forgotten he’d left. I remember him leaving to go to Liverpool and I was surprised because we had Rob Holding who was a little bit ahead of him at the time.”
“Now to see him blossoming into what he is now it’s phenomenal. Calm on the ball, a good defender – someone who wants to defend. Too many times we see defenders who turn the back when they’re heading the ball, not wanting to go forcefully in. He wants the contact.”
What RTK has to say
Emile Heskey isn’t the only one surprised about Nat Phillips stepping up.
Many expected him to be moved on over the summer but instead he’s become a key component of the back four.
We believe he’ll only get better and that’s an exciting notion. Here’s to the Bolton Baresi.