If there is any player in the Liverpool squad who has made the most of what has been a largely disappointing season so far, it is Nat Phillips.
Amidst an absurdly comprehensive injury crisis that at one point saw every single senior central defender on the books knocked out of action through injury—along with the midfielders drafted into the backline to replace them—the Reds academy product has stepped up and seized his opportunity with both hands.
Supporters have recognized the center back’s performances, naming him the Standard Chartered Player of the Month for March. The 24-year-old earned the award on the back of his three starts over the course of the month, including back-to-back clean sheets over RB Leipzig to send Liverpool through to the Champions League quarterfinals and again in the league against Wolves.
“Obviously I’m delighted,” Phillips said upon accepting the award.
“It was a nice surprise for myself and it’s obviously a huge compliment that the people who voted thought that I’d deserved it.
“It’s really nice to feel that sort of love and I’m hugely appreciative of it. But at the same time, I try not to pay too much attention to it and just concentrate on the job at hand that I’ve got for myself, and carry on doing what I was [doing] to get myself into this position.”
While Liverpool’s transfer links to the likes of Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate suggest that Phillips is will most likely be moving on after the season, fans will appreciate a player who has put nary a foot wrong and acquitted himself well for the club.