Pundit: ‘Brilliant’ Liverpool starlet ideal for West Ham amid transfer links

Ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson has suggested that Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips would be an ideal signing for West Ham United.

It was reported last month that the Hammers were interested in bringing in Phillips. 

This came after Angelo Ogbonna was ruled out for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign. Kurt Zouma is also a doubt after he was taken off versus Chelsea on Saturday.

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Phillips played 20 times for Liverpool last season as he covered for Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

The 20-year-old impressed as he helped his side finish third in the Premier League. He has only played twice so far this term.

As quoted by Football Insider, Robinson has suggested that Phillips is more likely to leave than Gomez:

“Phillips has got more chance of leaving than Gomez has, that’s for sure.

“I still think a deal will be difficult to do though given the injury crisis Liverpool had last season.

“Phillips was brilliant at the end of last season but whether he is of the same level as Zouma and Ogbonna, I would question that.

“It’s an area that Moyes probably need to address though.”

Elsewhere, after scoring versus Wolves over the weekend, Divock Origi has been praised by Peter Crouch:

“Another late, late show to go with the rest of them for cult hero Divock Origi, who will be loved at Liverpool for ever. Do not underestimate what a tough gig he has there, with only 34 league starts in six and a half seasons.

“There is always this assumption about these players that they’ve no desire to play. People put you down. That goal at Wolves could potentially win Liverpool the title. Add it to scoring in a Merseyside derby. Scoring against Barcelona. The Champions League final.

“It takes a special character to accept that role. It’s hard, there are a lot of dark days.

“You’re going in to train the day after a game when everyone else is warming down. You are in when they’re off. You’re playing training ground games in front of nobody to maintain fitness.

“I know what it’s like to make an impact as a substitute. Origi could leave and play every game elsewhere. But he’s coming on and scoring massive goals for a huge club.”

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