Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher says that his former club have found a “monster” who offers a new threat to the side.
The Reds secured a 1-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux, meaning they have recorded consecutive victories for the first time since the end of January.
Both of those fixtures saw the champions keep clean sheets, with Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips paired at centre-back on both occasions.
And Carrageher, who won a Champions League and two FA Cups in his 700-plus appearances for Liverpool, praised the young Englishman for his impact.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, the 43-year-old said: “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.”
Phillips was making his 11th senior appearance of the campaign while Kabak, on loan from Schalke, was in a red shirt for the seventh time.
And Carragher was impressed with the pairing at Molineux.
“He [Klopp] mentioned the centre-backs there, two clean sheets on the bounce,” the Reds hero added.
“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.
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“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.”
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