‘He’s not Messi but who cares?’ – Klopp heaps praise on Liverpool ‘monster’ Nat Phillips following MOTM display

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has this evening sung the praises of Nathaniel Phillips, on the back of the stopper’s standout performance versus West Ham.

Jota makes the difference

The English champions welcomed in-form West Ham to Anfield earlier today, for a Premier League clash.

Liverpool headed into proceedings hoping to keep their recent upturn in form alive, with Klopp’s men having notched three straight wins across all competitions.

And, when all was said and done on Merseyside, the Reds extended this streak to four.

It was actually the visitors who took the lead in the clash, when Pablo Fornals capitalised on a weak defensive header from Joe Gomez to slot home off the inside of the post.

Liverpool levelled things up shortly before the interval, as Arthur Masuaku was adjudged to have fouled Mo Salah in the Hammers’ box, before the Egyptian himself stepped up to lash home from the spot.

The ensuing 40 minutes, for the most part, though, saw the Reds struggle to break down a resilient West Ham backline.

This was until the 85th-minute, when, after being introduced as a substitute, Diogo Jota continued his stellar start to life in Liverpool’s colours with a fine finish, after being slipped in on goal by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Highlights: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham