The Reds defender says his side must treat their Champions League battle against the Blancos like “just another game”.
will faceReal Madrid
in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday. Jurgen Klopp’s team are on the verge of surrendering their domestic league title but they are still alive in the elite European competition. Ahead of his side’s match in Santiago Bernabeu,Nat Phillips
has spoken about Liverpool’s history and their attitude toward the game.
Phillips toldUEFA’s official website
“They certainly are [an iconic club].
“And that shows in what they’ve achieved as a club, the trophies they’ve won and the level they’ve maintained for years and years, and the players that have represented them as well.
“But when you’re coming up against them as opposition, you don’t look at that. At the same time, Liverpool are on the same level in terms of what they’ve achieved as a club. So, when you’re going into a game like that you’ve got to treat it like just another game.”
Phillips has featured in 12 matches for Liverpool in their current campaign, including one game in the Champions League.
“Obviously you’re going to be coming up against top players and better players but, in my opinion, you’ve got to treat every game like you’re going to be coming up against the best opposition you’ve ever faced so that you’re on your best game, and it’ll be no different in that game.”