Nat Phillips on Newcastle frustration and Premier League learning

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                                Liverpool a quitté St James 'Park frustré mais déterminé à prendre les points positifs dans son prochain match, selon Nathaniel Phillips.
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                                                                <p>Les dirigeants de la Premier League ont été tenus à égalité pour le deuxième match consécutif mercredi soir, cette fois dans une impasse sans but contre Newcastle United dans laquelle le gardien de but des hôtes, Karl Darlow, a effectué de nombreux arrêts pour garder les Reds à distance.

Jürgen Klopp cited these wasted opportunities as an element missing from the reaction of his team on the previous home setback against West Bromwich Albion – and Phillips immediately looked forward to the opportunity to correct that at Southampton on Monday.

“Really frustrating,” the center-back, who started alongside Fabinho in defense, told Liverpoolfc.com. “We felt that we had created enough [chances] in the game to take three points and achieve victory.

“But unfortunately we just couldn’t convert our chances. It can be like that sometimes in football and we just have to get up and move on to the next game.

He added: “We have created a lot more [chances] tonight which is positive, but we have to finish our chances and we hope we can do that in the next game.

Liverpool end 2020 with a three-point advantage at the top of the division as they aim to defend the Premier League trophy they won in July.

But Phillips stressed the need to rediscover the habit of getting wins on the line, no matter how games go or how opponents are set up.

Asked that the test of shattering well-drilled fenders is not easy, he said: “It is not, but we have the quality to be able to do it and we have shown it in the past. .

“It can really go both ways because when the teams aren’t right next to us we dominate the game and we gain momentum. Sometimes it can work against teams [playing] against us, but in an ideal world we have to find a way to win the game and finish our chances.

The 23-year-old made his first appearance since late November replacing Joel Matip, who is expected to be sidelined for three weeks due to an adductor problem.

On a personal level, Phillips could be proud of a first clean sheet in his third Premier League outing of the campaign.

“That’s what I want to do: get out on the field and play games,” he said.

“It was a tough match for me, very physical, they didn’t make it easy for me up there. But there are a lot of things to work on, I’m going to come back to the game and see where I need to improve. But a blank sheet is not that bad.

“It definitely challenged me [at this level]. I wouldn’t say I felt out of my depth. The more games I play, the more I get used to them, but each game offers a different challenge.

“With every game I just have to try to collect experiences from them and work on the things I need to improve myself in, learn from each game and hopefully gain momentum.”

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