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Liverpool defender Phillips hopes for chance to establish Kabak partnership

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips hopes for the chance to establish a partnership with January arrival Ozan Kabak.

Phillips started alongside Kabak for the first time in the win at Sheffield United.

He told "I feel like we worked well together. Obviously when it's a new partnership you are sort of learning on the job how the other one might play.

"We've trained together so I already had an idea before the game, it wasn't like it was completely new, and I've seen him play so I had an idea of how he played [and] he had an idea of how I played.

"But certainly when you're playing alongside each other in that moment then you get a better idea and I think it's always good to build relationships on the pitch with whoever you are playing with, certainly as a centre-back pairing. It'd be good to get the opportunity to do that and try to progress together."

Phillips admits tonight's clash with Chelsea will be a test.

He said, "Yeah, it will be. But every game in the Premier League is a big test and we've got to go into it the same that we go into all of our games, with the aim to put in a good performance and win and, hopefully for the defence, a clean sheet. Like I said after the Sheffield game: build on that, continue to take our chances. But it will be a big test."

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