Rhys Williams produced a stunning performance after being handed his senior Liverpool debut during the Reds’ 7-2 victory against Lincoln Town on Thursday evening.
Williams, 19, was a class act from start-to-finish and was imperious alongside both Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho who alternated at half-time.
His calmness on the ball coupled by his dominance in the air rounded off a fine inaugural Liverpool bout and indicated that Klopp should seriously consider Williams in the Carabao Cup fifth-round clash against Arsenal next week.
One of the highlights of the night was seeing the Liverpool teenager showcase that the occasion wasn’t going to get the better of him after Williams produced arguably the pass of the night to spot the run of Divock Origi which directly led to the fourth goal that was tucked home by Curtis Jones
Williams sent an emotional message after the game, saying it was a proud moment in particular to himself and his family.
Williams spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan with Kidderminster Harriers in National League North earning vital experience in the senior game which saw him clock up 26 appearances.
Capped at England Under-18 level, Williams is renowned for his dominance in the air and his commanding physicality at the back which have seen the youngster progress from the Under-10’s set-up all the way into the first team.
He has a tough battle on his hands if he is to force his way into Klopp’s selection plans over a sustained period this year with other central defensive options such as Sepp van den Berg and Billy Koumetio also desperate for their opportunities.
However, given such an assured and accomplished performance it is very likely that Williams has done enough to retain his place in the team for the Arsenal clash in the League Cup next week.
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