Liverpool have long been proud of their academy set up. The Reds have brought through Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in the past, most recently we’ve seen Trent Alexander-Arnold rise through the ranks and become the best right back in the world. If academy product Rhys Williams keeps improving he could save the club millions in future.
Rhys Williams at Liverpool
19-year-old centre back Rhys Williams joined Liverpool at U10 level and has been impressing since day one.
The towering defender made his U18s debut when he was still a schoolboy, appearing in the 2016/17 season.
Since then he has won the FA Youth Cup with the Reds, a key part of an exciting cohort.
Following his youth cup success he was sent out on loan to Kidderminster Harriers.
Upon his return from Kidderminster we’ve seen the teenager given a shot in the first team and he has impressed in appearances against Lincoln City and Arsenal.
Could save millions
At the minute there is no recognised centre back for fourth choice, Fabinho is currently playing there when needed.
This is a situation expected to be resolved next summer, however, if Rhys Williams continues to improve at his current rate then he could save us millions on a fourth choice defender.
Many Kopites, such as myself, had written Williams off on account of his non-league loan in his late teens – he has proven me thoroughly wrong recently.
The teenager not only impressed in the EFL Cup against Premier League opposition but he has since impressed on his England U21s debut.
Fingers crossed we’ll see him maintain his development and grow into a strong contender for a first team role in future – it would certainly save us a lot of time and money if we didn’t have to go out and buy another defender.