Premier League: Newcastle United 0-0 Liverpool

Nathaniel Phillips was handed a Premier League start for Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp’s defensive resources having been further depleted.

With Joel Matip having joined long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the casualty list, Phillips was included along with former Magpies midfielder James Milner in two changes to the side which drew 1-1 with West Brom as Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum made way.

Newcastle Head Coach Steve Bruce made just one change in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester City, striker Callum Wilson returning from an ankle problem in place of Miguel Almiron.

Newcastle started brightly with Wilson forcing two saves from keeper Alisson inside the opening 12 minutes and giving as good as they got for much of the half.

However, Liverpool might have taken the lead 11 minutes before the break when Mohamed Salah stabbed wide having seemingly done the hard work, and it took a fine reaction save from Karl Darlow to deny Roberto Firmino in stoppage time and ensure the sides headed back to the dressing rooms with the scoreline still 0-0.

Salah was guilty of another glaring miss after the break and Darlow produced another stunning save to prevent Firmino from snatching the win two minutes from time as Liverpool once again had to make do with a point.

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips set for loan spell

The 23-year-old spent the first half of last season on loan at Stuttgart, before being recalled by Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and making his debut in the FA Cup win against rivals Everton.

Phillips re-joined the 2.Bundesliga club on loan in January and helped them secure promotion back to the German top flight, where clubs are understood to be keeping tabs on the centre-back.

The PA news agency understands the defender is also attracting widespread interest from teams in the Championship.

Phillips signed a new and improved long-term deal at Anfield last August and was part of the Liverpool squad that last month travelled to Austria for pre-season training.

The 23-year-old appeared off the bench against former club Stuttgart and Red Bull Leipzig during the pre-season camp.