Don't think I'll be buying the 'Nayt Phillips - this means more!' DVD: the incredible story of Nayt Phillips (SPOILER ALERT - he nearly got on a plane but then he changed his mind!!). Nice bit of marketing garbage though, it's got FSG all over it.
Phillips better not be getting a contract or the next DVD will be 'Liverpool - Back to the Hodgson Months'
Phillips has not the first idea about defending unless it's trying to get his head on the ball. He's not even that good at that. Seen him jump to head a ball against Real that bounced way in front of him and went about 4 feet over his head and straight into 10 yards of space behind him for Benzema to run onto. Somehow Real fu**ed up the rest, which shows how sh*t Real are currently (Chelsea took the absolute piss out of them and so would we have done with our first choice line-up).
Juergen must have a blind spot here; got a bit of a man crush on Nayt cos he reminds him of himself when he was a 2nd division centre half (though Phillips looks more Division 4 level than Division 2)
Rhys is better than Phillips. At least Rhys has a tactical brain and is actually very astute at the offside trap for a lad so young; prob better than most centre halves with hundreds of appearances behind them. Gomez struggles with it too but has the recovery pace to help compensate. Phillips certainly doesn't. That's not to say Rhys should be anywhere near playing for a Klopp side that plays such a high line either, but he can defo do a job for a team that sits deeper and has a coach that likes to run an offside trap; someone like Rafa, who was brilliant at coaching it.
Any superfan support for Phillips will soon dry up as soon as fans are back in the stadium. It's different being there in the flesh. When you've got a spec behind the goal you see stuff you don't see on the telly, you see the whole pitch, and you're way more emotionally involved. There is no hiding place for the players. The Anfield crowd are going to spot someone jumping for a header 4 feet underneath the ball to leave a top striker bearing down on goal. See how good Nayt supposedly is then when he's got 45,000 screaming blue murder at him.
Superfan support for players of Phillips' level usually lasts abar half a dozen games and then they give up and then the social media abuse brigade take over. Ask Neco.
If Edwards sticks a 5-year contract for Phillips under Hogan's nose, Hogan should fire him on the spot for gross incompetence. Edwards should be fired anyway if Gini's allowed to walk away on a free. Shambolic.