Liverpool academy graduate hoped for a loan deal in the summer but Van Dijk’s injury has provided him with a chance to display his qualities.
admits he was feeling disappointed at Anfield before the current season as he was not getting enough game time to fight for his place in the Reds' squad.Liverpool
enjoyed having world-class players in their defensive positions and the 23-year-old hoped that a summer move to a Championship club would provide him with more game time. However, a string of unfortunate injuries in Liverpool’s squad changed the situation for the young center-back as
has been forced to integrate new players in his side’s line-up.
“At the end of pre-season, it looked like I was on my way out and going elsewhere to get some games and start my career, and carry on off the back of my loan spell last season,”
Phillips toldSky Sports
“Initially, when it first happened, everybody was fit, and it didn't look like there would be any scenario where I would be playing for Liverpool's first team this year.
“I was a bit disappointed because I was looking forward to going and playing football and just kick-starting my career, but obviously things changed, and I don't think anybody could have seen what was coming, and it was like a typical example of how bizarre football can be sometimes.
“I think it was within a month I was making my debut.”
Liverpool will play againstChelsea
on Thursday and Philips has the chance to play his ninth Premier League match for the Reds.