Jamie Carragher has praised Liverpool youngster Nat Phillips for being a “monster” in the air against Wolves.
After spending last season on loan with VfB Stuttgart, Phillips has come into the Liverpool first team this term. Injuries to Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have afforded him more opportunities.
The 23-year-old has made ten appearances this campaign, with his latest outing coming on Monday night against Wolves.
Alongside Ozan Kabak, Phillips performed well as he helped his side keep a clean sheet at Molineux. After the game on Monday Night Football, as cited by The Mirror, Carragher lauded Phillips for his quality in the air:
“He played a huge role in the game and he [Phillips] is a monster in the air.
“So when you talk about what Liverpool lack when other ones are playing, they get a great deal in terms of defending set-pieces and his ability in the air. He’s a real monster in that position.”
Jurgen Klopp was impressed by Phillips and Kabak, as he suggested that the Wolves game was a “massive task” for the duo:
“They played really, really well and I liked it a lot. It was a massive task from a concentration point of view, but they did really well and I’m really happy.”
Carragher then praised the centre-backs for looking after one another against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side:
He added: “[Klopp] mentioned the centre-backs there, two clean sheets on the bounce. I think the last three they’ve played together, all three have been clean sheets.
“I think being in that position myself as a young player, when you’re a young centre-back, you don’t want the fella next to you to be a young centre-back.
“It’s the same when you’re talking about old players as well, you want a nice balance. Certainly in that position, you want experience when you can get it, but Liverpool are not in a position to have that and I though the two of them were really good tonight.
“What they did was they helped each other out. Now because they’re young, they’re going to make mistakes.
“Just little things that maybe I see through my experience and mistakes I made myself as a young player. But like I said, the great thing was the other one was always there to help them out.”