Liverpool fans have been hailing the performance of Nathaniel Phillips following the 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig on Wednesday night.
The Reds qualified for the quarter-finals with a 4-0 aggregate success overall with goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in both legs.
But it was the performance of Phillips that has attracted the attention, as the 23-year-old proved an immovable force in defence for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Having started the season way down the pecking order at Anfield, the Bolton-born centre-back has been called upon on numerous occasions to provide cover for a crippling injury list.
On each of those occasions, Phillips has performed admirably, however, this was another level altogether.
In helping keep a clean sheet, the no-nonsense defender made three clearances, won three ground duels and made five successful clearances (Sofascore).
These Kopites were certainly in awe of the 6’2 colossus…
Nat Phillips is a heavy kid, let's go reds
— Jamie Webster (@JamieWebster94) March 10, 2021
Nat Phillips puts his head in places Johnny Knoxville and the boys wouldn't dare
— Toby Tarrant (@tobytarrant) March 10, 2021
Nat Phillips heading The Reds to ‘Ol Big Ears.
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) March 10, 2021
Fabinho tho, some player him. Nat Phillips immense. Thiago superb. Great performance all round
— Andy Lott (@andylott24) March 10, 2021
Nat Phillips is so underrated. Every game he gives 100% & he’s a machine!!
— Finno (@scouse_lfc95) March 10, 2021
Nat Phillips has been outstanding tonight #LFC
— ETERNAL KLOPPTIMIST 19 (@mickclfc) March 10, 2021