Trent Alexander-Arnold makes honest centre-back assessment after more Liverpool injury woe

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Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold hailed Nat Phillips’ “unbelievable” second-half performance against Tottenham on Wednesday. Phillips came on at half time of the match in north London after Joel Matip was forced off because of injury.

Liverpool were already without Fabinho after the Brazilian missed the match due to a minor muscle injury.

His absence added to the long-term injuries suffered by Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez earlier this season.

Liverpool really were down to their bare bones when Phillips came on to partner Jordan Henderson at the back.

But Jurgen Klopp’s side put in a strong performance after half time to secure a valuable 3-1 win.

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Alexander-Arnold scored the second on the night and said Phillips’ performance showed the strength in depth at the club.

“Yeah we’ve had setback after setback, especially in the centre-back area,” Alexander-Arnold told BT Sport.

“But he’s done an amazing job first half and then Nat’s come on second half and done an unbelievable job again.

“It just goes to show the quality we’ve got all around the pitch.”

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Liverpool were winless in five Premier League matches before the trip to Spurs and hadn’t scored in their last four outings.

But Alexander-Arnold said there had been no changes from their usual routine.

“We needed that and we deserved it,” he added.

“We dominated most of the game, they had the goal disallowed which probably would’ve changed the game. We came with a game plan which we executed perfectly and we deserve the three points.

“Nothing’s really changed [in the preparation].

“I think we’re the same team as we always have been, we’ve got the same mentality going into games, we respect the opposition and going into games we have that expectation on ourselves that we should be winning them.

“That happened today, we were really up for the game, everyone was at it, no one really put too much of a foot wrong and it was just a whole performance from the lads.

“Unbelievable game and it’s always good to get the three points as well.”

The victory moved Liverpool up to fourth in the table, four points off leaders Manchester City having played a game more.

Next up they face a trip to in-form West Ham on Sunday.

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