Jurgen Klopp praised 'monster' Nat Phillips for his debut

‘He’s not easy on the eye, he’s not Messi but who cares?’: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on ‘monster’ Nat Phillips after his Man of the Match display against West Ham

  • Jurgen Klopp praised Nat Philipps following his debut against West Ham United
  • The Reds have been without injured stars Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho in defence
  • Klopp said Philipps ‘helped the team incredibly’ to beat David Moyes’s side 2-1
  • The Liverpool boss referred to Philipps as a ‘monster’, saying he was ‘incredible’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Saturday’s debutant Nat Philipps for his Man of the Match display against West Ham. 

Philipps was called up to Klopp’s squad following an injury crisis that has seen Liverpool go without star players Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho. 

Klopp said Philipps ‘helped the team incredibly’ to beat David Moyes’s side 2-1 after initially going 1-0 down when Pablo Fornals opened the scoring just 10 minutes in. 

 Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the performance of centre-back Nat Philipps on Saturday

Klopp referred to Philipps as a ‘monster in the air’ and said his performance was ‘incredible’. 

Sky pundit Jamie Carragher was of the same opinion as Klopp, naming Philipps as the man of the match after the game. 

Reflecting on Philipps’s performance, Klopp told The Match of The Day: ‘He’s a brilliant guy, smart guy, intelligent, everything. He’s not easy on the eye, he’s not Messi but who cares?’ 

‘In the air, he’s a monster! He was incredible.

‘For the first game, I think everyone can imagine how nervy that must be after a long wait. It’s a crazy story, three years ago he was on his way to America to college.

‘Twelve Championship teams wanted him and to me it was clear he was going, and I was fine with that – and it didn’t work out for whatever reason, and it’s great! Tonight he was spot on, helped the team incredibly.’

The defender filled-in at the back for injured pair Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho against West Ham 

Sky pundit Jamie Carragher named Philipps as the man of the match after the game

Philipps joined Liverpool four-years-ago after a successful trial – having previously represented Bolton’s academy side. 

The 23-year-old spent last season on-loan at Bundesliga 2 side Stuttgart, making 22 appearances for the German side.  

His only other senior start for the Reds was in the FA Cup last season, when a Curtis Jones stunner ensured Liverpool humiliated a full-strength Everton side at Anfield.  

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