It comes as no surprise that West Ham’s Gaffer, David Moyes, wants to bolster the center-back position. With Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson both over 30, help needs to be on the way to avoid a crisis. The Hammers have youth lined up at the CB position, and Issa Diop is a solid backup, but getting in another poised defender is just what the doctor ordered.
Insert Liverpool and Nat Phillips. It has been reported that Jurgen Klopp will demand around £10 for the defender, and West Ham should be all over that, especially with their lack of funds. Phillips, a Liverpool prospect since 2016, has been on a journeyman’s adventure since joining the club. However, last season he finally made his mark for the Red’s senior side.
Phillips played in 17 domestic matches where he completed around 87% of his passes and finished off 13 tackles while in a critical position. Out of those 17 matches in the EPL, Phillips also faced West Ham twice, dominating both matches with ease in winning both matches.
West Ham linked with a defender that dominated them last year
In the Hammer’s first clash with Liverpool in October of 2020, they lost 2-1, and Phillips had a huge part in that defeat. According to whoscored.com, he held 7% of the possession with ease, won five aerials, and dispossessed the Hammers twice, earning him a 6.9 rating.
In match number two, he earned the same rating from whoscored.com but got even better statistically. Phillips averaged just above 86% in the accuracy column, won four aerials, and completed a key tackle. This time the Reds won 3-1 and took all six points for the campaign.
Phillips will surely be looking for playing time due to Liverpool adding a few new additions around the squad. It’s a win-win for both parties, as David Moyes could certainly use the help at the back. Stay close to this one, as this would be a huge acquisition for West Ham before their European campaign takes flight.