That’s more like it.
It’s three league wins in a row for the Reds, and Liverpool are starting to look like Liverpool again. Much of their recent success is thanks to the effective centre-back partnership of Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak. After early season-ending injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Liverpool lacked a decent combination of defenders to take over in their stead. And while Phillips and Kabak are no van Dijk and Gomez, their success together has allowed Fabinho to move back into the midfield and provided Alisson the defensive cover that allows him to play his aggressive brand football.
On Saturday, Liverpool came from behind to beat Aston Villa, despite conceding first and having a goal disallowed by VAR. It felt like vindication after the embarrassment that befell the Reds when they visited Villa Park.
After the match, Phillips spoke to the official site about the match.
“We just kept pushing, kept the belief and kept pushing each other,” he said. “It just felt like there was a really good team atmosphere out there today, which I love most about the game. I think we were unfortunate to go behind, we had plenty of chances in the first half to go ahead and then try to take control of the game and do that.
“But what happened, happened and we found ourselves behind and then you’ve got to find a way to get yourselves back into the game, get a goal and push for a winner.”
It was a big three points for the Reds, who can’t afford to drop anymore points this season if they want a chance to sneak into the top four before the season ends.