Liverpool fans love a cult hero. We’ve had plenty down the years, recent notaries include Lucas Leiva and Divock Origi. Last season added another to the list of cult heroes. The man in question has his backers in the squad as well. Nat Phillips has discussed the impact Virgil van Dijk has had on him.
Nat Phillips rise to stardom
Last season Jürgen Klopp became the unluckiest manager in the game.
The gaffer lost every single senior centre back for the season.
As a result the boss turned to the stars of the Reds’ U23s side.
Consequently we saw Nat Phillips play a pivotal role in Liverpool’s season.
The Lancashire lad ended the season with 20 appearances for the Reds.
His displays were so impressive that he earned the nickname the Bolton Baresi.
Nat Phillips on Virgil van Dijk
The Bolton Baresi has his fans in the Liverpool squad too.
The senior players at the club were looking after the 24-year-old during his first steps into the Premier League.
Speaking to Goal, Nat Phillips detailed how Virgil van Dijk supported him:
“Virgil has been amazing. He sent me a message at the end of the season saying he thought I’d done really well in difficult circumstances, and that I should be proud of myself.
“To him, that’s a little thing to do, a small gesture, but for me to receive that sort of praise off the likes of him, it’s huge and I won’t lie, it put a massive smile on my face when I received the text. I was quite surprised, to be honest.”
What RTK has to say
In another world Nat Phillips could’ve lined up alongside Virgil next season.
Unfortunately for the Bolton Baresi there are too many players ahead of him in the pecking order.
A move this summer could be in the offing, we’ll be cheering him on wherever he goes.