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    Friday, 14 May 2021

    Nat Phillips makes 'strange' admission after Liverpool's win at Old Trafford

    Phillips was heavily involved in the action at Old Trafford as the Reds beat Manchester United 4-2


    Nat Phillips has insisted Liverpool can only focus on their own results as they chase a top-four finish in the Premier League.

    The Reds moved to within four points of Chelsea, with a game in hand, after a 4-2 victory at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

    Chelsea face third-placed Leicester City next week too and with at least one team guaranteed to drop points, Jurgen Klopp's side know victories in their final three games would give them an excellent chance of securing Champions League football.

    "It takes us closer, it’s another three points," Phillips told Sky Sports.

    "It’s no secret that our objective and it’s necessary to win all of our remaining games and that’s another one ticked off but we’ve got to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down and focus on the next game.

    "It makes it more interesting, but we cannot look away from our own camp too much because the other teams will do what they do. All we can affect is the games we play in, we’ve got to concentrate on doing our job.

    "We started too slow so we can learn from that and know we cannot do that in the future games, but we can take confidence from it because we managed to get ourselves back into the game. We managed the game at the end like we’ve struggled to do in previous games."

    Phillips was involved in the thick of the action at Old Trafford, diverting Bruno Fernandes' goal-bound shot into his own net, before having a penalty decision overturned by VAR after Eric Bailly challenged him in the area.

    The young defender then assisted Diogo Jota for Liveperpool's equaliser with quick feet in the box, before his Portuguese teammate turned his wayward shot past Dean Henderson.

    “It was a roller coaster, it was a strange game, it took a lot from us, a lot of hard work and it was an ugly match but we had to make it that way in the end," Phillips said.

    "It’s another step in the right direction, we’ve got another three games to go, but tonight was a big night for us.

    “I think we started quite slowly so we knew despite the things that were happening at the start, we still have an extra gear. I didn’t feel too worried anyway, and I don’t think the other boys did because we had another gear we could get to. It was just a matter of time until we turned it around and started playing how we should do.

    “I reacted too late, I thought it was going wide at first and then I saw the ball starting to curl inwards and at that point, I thought I had to get something on it, but I couldn’t get my leg up in time and it’s bounced off my shin and gone in.

    "It’s one of those things, you get them in centre-back trying to block the ball from going in the net."

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