Phillips beat Mohamed Salah, and Turkey’s Ozan Kabak in the crowd vote.
Phillips won the award for the first time in his career, and broke Salah’s dominance that lasted for the past three months in December, January and February.
Felipe said on the club’s official website: “I am grateful without a doubt, it was a happy surprise for me, the voices of the fans are a great praise for me.”
He added, “It is wonderful to receive so much love and appreciation, but at the same time I try not to give much attention to this award, and to focus on my work and continue to do what led me to win this award.”
He continued: “I never imagined a similar career, and therefore I am very happy when I got there. If someone had told me at the beginning of the season that this would happen to me, I would not have believed it.”
He continued: “We went through a difficult period on Christmas, and this consumed us a lot as a group, and there are some matches in which we had to unite strongly to come out with a positive result, as happened against Wolverhampton or Sheffield United.”
He concluded: “I would not have won this award without my colleagues. I am happy to win, but it is not my main focus. The most important thing is for the team to perform well and achieve results. We need to continue in the same manner.”
Phillips, 24, is an English center-back who came out on loan to Stuttgart last season and helped him return to the German Premier League.
And due to the grinding defensive crisis this season at Liverpool, Phillips managed to appear in 11 games, most of them in February and March, to win great praise from coach Juergen Klopp.