It may only be the second game of the new season but the Reds’ injury list reads like it has been a number of gruelling months into the campaign as opposed to weeks.
Phillips’ place was much-discussed on social media after the team was released…
Surprised as anyone about Nat Phillips inclusion but thinking about it, he's gone for strength against a physical side. Keep it quiet but I think Jurgen knows what he's doing!
— Dan Holland (@danhollandlfc) August 15, 2022
This is the first time that Nathaniel Phillips and Virgil Van Dijk will play as a partnership in a competitive fixture.
— Lewis Bower (@LewisBower2021) August 15, 2022
Nat Phillips in 2022 is mental. Not to mention James Milner. What a time
— Hashim (@hashimiqbal37) August 15, 2022
It’s just hilarious the amount of injuries we have at the start of the season.
Gomez being benched for Nat Phillips, how is Phillips even starting a game for us again. Looked bang average in the Championship last season.
— ? (@LFCApproved) August 15, 2022
We're one injury away from our two fittest centre backs being Nat Phillips and Sepp van den Berg.
— Scott Groom (@ScottCGroom) August 15, 2022
Nat Phillips did a cruyff turn in his own penalty area in Maldini’s back yard, don’t doubt this man.
— Meg (@itsmeg_statham) August 15, 2022
I didn't think we would be seeing Nat Phillips this season but needs must due to the current centre back injuries. I just wish Joe Gomez was fit enough to have a run in the team and fight for his place.
— Killmonger (@AntonClarke1) August 15, 2022
Never thought I'd see Phillips line up alongside Van Dijk but that's what 10 first team injuries will do.
Come on the Reds! https://t.co/OLLQiLzFPu
— Robert (@rbtmagee) August 15, 2022
Not another centre back injury crisis ? step up big Nat Phillips #LFC
— Kris Williams (@KrisWilliams8) August 15, 2022
I love Nat Phillips and what he done for us 2 years ago but these injuries are now getting beyond a joke. He's starting games for us in 2022….am tired ??? https://t.co/2XhZnY7itD
— Böb ?? (@bobrady14) August 15, 2022
The availability in Jurgen Klopp‘s squad leaves a lot to be desired and you can only hope the knock-on effect on those currently fit does not keep the Reds in a continual loop of injuries.
Results are the key at this stage and Liverpool just need to find a way to win as they wait for those in the treatment room to return to full fitness.
“There are a million ways to win a football game and we only have to find one, so that should be possible. That’s what we have to try,” Klopp recently said.