Liverpool have a strong track record when it comes to producing top talents within the academy. Michael Owen rose through the Reds’ youth ranks and went on to win a Ballon d’Or. Steven Gerrard came through and became one of the game’s greatest ever midfielders. Trent Alexander-Arnold has redefined the right back role since breaking through. There’s been another big step in a Liverpool youngster’s career, with Paul Joyce reporting that Rhys Williams has been called up to the England U21s side.
Rhys Williams at Liverpool
19-year-old Rhys Williams has been at Liverpool since U10s level.
The Preston born centre back was so impressive at such an early age that he was turning out for the U18s side when he was still a schoolboy in the 2016/17 season.
Williams was loaned out to Kidderminster Harriers for the 2019/20 campaign after winning the FA Youth Cup the term before.
This season has seen the teenager make his Reds’ debut, appearing twice alongside Virgil van Dijk in the EFL Cup.
Rhys Williams England call up
According to Paul Joyce, Rhys Williams will be called up by England U21s for games against Andorra and Turkey.
This comes after boss Aidy Boothroyd was impressed by the youngster’s performances in the EFL Cup.
The youngster gave a thoroughly good account of himself alongside Big Virgil, impressing against both lower league and Premier League opposition.
Twitter reacts to news
Some were astounded by the meteoric rise.
That’s crazy, he was literally playing non league last season
— 19 Times (@LFCLiverbird96) October 4, 2020
FROM NON LEAGUE TO INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL LET’S GOOOO
— MZ (@emzed8_) October 4, 2020
He’s impressed plenty of fans.
What a player
— 𝚃𝚃 (@TheGerrardRoIe) October 4, 2020
He put in a good performance against Arsenal.
Man of the match against arsenal imo
— Jac Griffiths (@Jacgriff17) October 4, 2020
A bit more meat on his bones and we could see him in the Prem.
Incredible rise from non league to this. Needs to bulk up a bit for me to trust him in the Prem but the kid looks good.
— Jay O’Connor (@JayOConnorLFC) October 4, 2020
He thoroughly deserves his call up.
Very well deserved, played very well against both Lincoln and Arsenal
— harrison kidd (@harrisonkidd7) October 4, 2020