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27 Dec 2020 21:32:09
I'm trying not to post until my disappointment settles and I can be more objective but this thought will not change.

ED001 you were absolutely spot on with your criticism of Williams. He didn't hold the line and positionally was caught out several times. Again very young and some things he will learn but WOW is he ever slow!

{Ed001's Note - he looks to me like a player that has just been put in defence because he is tall, he shows no defensive awareness or understanding at all. Very worrying. Phillips looks a much better bet.}

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27 Dec 2020 21:54:56
I agree. Also his lack of pace is shocking for a modern defender. He makes Harry maguire look like Usain bolt. But to be fair to him its not like he cost us the 2 points. Can only blame the more experienced forward players for todays result.

27 Dec 2020 22:06:35
I think Philips is slower.

27 Dec 2020 22:40:28
On the upside he's not hurt.

27 Dec 2020 23:39:06
Phillips is certainly no slower and he’s a better defender.

27 Dec 2020 23:47:54
Phillips has to be the better defender out of the two.

27 Dec 2020 23:51:29
Yeh but let’s face it, neither one of them are Premiership / Champions League winning center backs?
We need a stop gap January signing, and that’s been obvious since the minute VVD got injured!
I expect one to be in the door Friday morning.

{Ed001's Note - Wes Morgan won the Premier League and he was no better than Phillips, just gave 100%. It doesn't work like that.}

28 Dec 2020 07:22:30
Most defenders are not like an in-form Van Dijk, wherein a lot of the defending is done just by them being there. Defence is about organisation and teamwork.
Ed, while I do understand your likening of Phillips to Morgan, how would have Morgan performed in a system that utilizes two marauding full-backs?

{Ed001's Note - they had a system that relied on the full-backs to get forward, in case you have forgotten, as you clearly have. The left-back was particularly attacking.}

28 Dec 2020 07:39:00
Morgan was reasonably quick though Ed, Phillips is not at all.
And we don’t play as deep as Leicester did?

{Ed001's Note - not then he wasn't quick, his legs had gone and everyone expected him to be sold. We may not play as deep as Leicester do, but we don't give the opposition the ball as much either.}

28 Dec 2020 08:58:37
Philips ain’t going to shore our defence up from the bench. His first task is to impress Klopp enough to get some game time Now ahead of Williams. If Matip is injured long term then are we going to see Phillips and Williams chop and change weekly like they did when Matip was out for cl and hammers game.

28 Dec 2020 10:01:17
Phillips was ideal for the West Brom game as he’s dominant in the air and wins headers so the perfect player to play against a Fat Scam team, I can’t understand why Klopp didn’t bring him on. Yeah, he’s not the most elegant footballer in the world but he’s at least a good competent defender, alongside Fabinho he’d do well.

28 Dec 2020 13:19:51
Phillips has always been my pick to step in over all the other young CB’s and games like this that are physical is where he thrives. Williams is not positionally aware nor experienced enuff to play at this level yet unlike Phillips who is more experienced having played in the Germany and was a key cog in helping Stuttgart get promoted. He should b drafted in, IMO.

28 Dec 2020 13:35:26
James Tompkins at Palace, experienced defender no superstar but would do a better job purely for the experience.

29 Dec 2020 11:01:51
Specialk, Tompkins is dreadful and has not played since Feb.



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