Exclusive: Phillips reveals text he sent to Jordan Henderson's dad about West Brom v Liverpool
We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…
Kevin Phillips is dreading West Brom’s upcoming clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday as Sam Allardyce aims to get his reign as Albion’s new manager up and running.
Allardyce oversaw a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday during his first match in charge while Liverpool had destroyed Crystal Palace 7-0 at Selhurst Park 24 hours earlier.
After watching Liverpool’s rout against Palace, Phillips revealed he sent a text to Jordan Henderson’s father to ask his son to take it easy on the Baggies this weekend.
When asked for his thoughts on West Brom’s upcoming game, Phillips told West Brom News: “Oh mate, please. I watched Liverpool and they were unbelievable.
“I texted Jordan Henderson’s dad, Brian, and said ‘can you please take it easy on West Brom? You’ll destroy my old club’. And he just sent back laughing emojis.
“They were awesome.”
West Brom have won just once this season in the Premier League but are unbeaten in their last three matches against Liverpool and won 3-2 in their last trip to Anfield when Alan Pardew was in charge in 2018.
However, Phillips can only see his former club returning to the Black Country empty-handed on Sunday night, admitting that it could be another heavy defeat for the Albion.
Phillips added: “I just can’t see West Brom getting anything if I’m being honest. As a player, you’re thinking you’ve just come off the back of a 3-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa and now you’ve got to face Liverpool who’ve just smashed Palace.
“Part of you will be thinking ‘we’ve got no chance here’. I know you shouldn’t think like that but I don’t see them getting anything.
“It could be anything. It could be 2-0, four or five.
“One thing for sure is that they will defend a lot better than they did at the weekend.”
West Brom were wretched in their 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa and while the trip to Liverpool sounds daunting, Albion have done better in matches where expectations are not so high this season.
Tottenham and Manchester United only beat them 1-0, they held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad and Chelsea had to work hard to earn a 3-3 draw at The Hawthorns.
Good teams have been left frustrated by the Baggies this term and with Allardyce in charge, you know that Jurgen Klopp is getting his excuses ready just in case his team fail to win as comprehensively – or fail to win at all – this weekend.
In other West Brom news, this Albion loanee’s had his temporary contract terminated.