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Klopp: Phillips’ improvement similar to Lewandowski’s

Sat 04 December 2021 | 16:26

The Reds boss believes that there are similarities between Nat Phillips’ improvements and Robert Lewandowski’s work.

Jurgen Klopp

admitted that

Nat Phillips

’ improvement reminds him of

Robert Lewandowski

.

The

Liverpool

manager was the

Bayern Munich

star’s coach at Borussia Dortmund from 2010-2014, where the Poland international met the target 103 times in 187 matches before joining Bayern.

Klopp had to rely on Phillips a lot in the 2020-21 season as they were struggling with many injury setbacks in defense.

The centre-back, who featured for

Stuttgart

on loan 2 years ago, was a regular at Anfield after Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip were all out of action.

Although they failed to protect their title in the second half of the season, they sealed Champions League qualification with the help of the Poland striker.

The Reds boss sees a lot of similarities in Phillips’ improvement with that of Lewandowski’s.

"

People often ask me which player made the biggest improvements under my leadership, and I say Robert Lewandowski,"

he said.

"That's probably right, but not far off that is Nat Phillips, just in a completely different department.

"I remember when I saw Nat Phillips first. I spoke to him after the game and he's one of the smartest players I ever worked with. I told him, 'You know you are not the easiest on the eye, eh?'

"He improved in pretty much everything since, and he's not playing. Life is sometimes not fair and I can't blame him."

Phillips has attracted a lot of attention for the January transfer window after featuring in only three matches this season as Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip have returned to action and Ibrahima Konate has joined the club from RB Leipzig.

"

We cannot keep him forever, that's clear,"

Klopp added.

"We needed him, just to be safe, for that half-year. We will see what happens in the window. He was fine doing it because he's a great guy.

"His development is absolutely insane. You saw it last year, you would have said 'Nat Phillips, oh my god, he plays in the last line?'

"People love him because of his heading but with his feet he is unbelievable. He's a late starter, but his development is unbelievable. I would sign him for any club except Liverpool, because we have

<em>

him

."


source: SportMob

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