Phillips lauds special Liverpool resilience against Aston Villa: It's why I love football

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Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips is delighted with how the team persisted against Aston Villa in the Premier League.

The Reds had to battle back to win at home on Saturday against the Villains, after going behind to Ollie Watkins' first half goal.

Mohamed Salah equalised for the Anfield side, and Trent Alexander-Arnold won it with an excellent late goal.

And Phillips has said the resilience shown by his teammates is what he loves most about football.

"It would be easy to let that frustration manifest itself," Phillips told the club's website post-match.

"But that's your job: to make sure it doesn't do that, to keep on doing what's getting you chances and keep the faith that opportunities will come and you'll be able to finish them off.

"At the same time, keep things tight at the back and not go too much one way and leave ourselves open at the back to concede more. And that's what we did, I felt.

"We just kept pushing, kept the belief and kept pushing each other. It just felt like there was a really good team atmosphere out there today, which I love most about the game.

"I think we were unfortunate to go behind, we had plenty of chances in the first half to go ahead and then try to take control of the game and do that.

"But what happened, happened and we found ourselves behind and then you've got to find a way to get yourselves back into the game, get a goal and push for a winner.

"It's something that we've struggled to do when we've gone behind, to then turn it around, and it's such a nice feeling to come off the pitch knowing that we've done that.

"It took a lot of character, a lot of hard work, getting each other to work, but we did it and I'm so happy that we have."