Chris Shaw


Liverpool know the importance of suppressing Danny Ings but are preparing for whatever Southampton can throw at them on Monday night

The Reds’ opening game of the new year leads them to a Premier League clash with a Saints side who ended up with fewer points than just four teams in the table in 2020, according to St Mary’s

Jurgen Klopp’s indictment will face former teammate Ings – Southampton’s top scorer in the division this season with six goals

And Nathaniel Phillips, who started in central defense for Liverpool last time at Newcastle United, recognized the danger Ings will bring on the south coast

But he also pointed to the range of threats from the Saints that the Reds must undo if they are to start with a victory in 2021

“He really got a foothold playing games and he managed to get some momentum on his own and get on the scoreboard pretty often”So we have to be aware of it,” Phillips told Ings’ Liverpoolfccom

“But we have to approach the game like any other game and be prepared for anything”And hopefully with three points

“They’re doing really well so it’s going to be a tough game again. But we need to recover, take the point [from Newcastle] and move on to the next game, pushing for three points”

Phillips joined the starting XI in Newcastle after Joel Matip had an adductor problem that sidelined him for three weeks

It was the most recent injury setback in a campaign that has persistently tested the depth and determination of Klopp’s squad

Despite these fitness challenges, Liverpool ended 2020 where it began: at the top of the Premier League

“We obviously showed a lot of resilience,” said Phillips. “We had a lot of bad news with injuries and a lot of players not playing in the right position”

“Fab played another great game in the center-back [against Newcastle] and his first position is not the center-back”This is an example of how we have adapted to things

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