Liverpool have navigated some tough situations during the Jürgen Klopp reign. The gaffer has pulled out some miraculous comebacks and winning runs, working on a shoestring of a net spend and often relying on the determination and versatility of his when the squad has been stretched thin. History proves that the Liverpool injury crisis could launch Rhys Williams into superstar status.
Liverpool injury crisis
The Reds started the season with just three senior centre backs in the squad.
Dejan Lovren was sold and not replaced, much to the bemusement of fans and pundits alike.
The gamble nearly immediately backfired as Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season after being clattered into by Jordan Pickford, the Dutchman’s ACL torn in the collision.
Joel Matip has also been ruled out with a muscle injury, leading Fabinho to covering in the back line.
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Fabby himself has since pulled up with a hamstring injury, the extent of which we are still waiting to learn about.
This means that Joe Gomez is the only recognised centre back in the senior squad.
Rhys Williams option
On Tuesday night we saw Rhys Williams subbed on when Fabinho pulled up with his injury.
The 19-year-old gave another strong account of himself with his performance. He made some smart interceptions and picked out a few impressive passes.
Given the lack of senior options we could well see Williams selected as Joe Gomez’s partner for the near future.
In January 2017 we saw Trent Alexander-Arnold thrust into the first team, starting against Manchester United at Old Trafford because Nathaniel Clyne had picked up yet another injury.
The Scouser was forced into the side because of an injury crisis and he took his opportunity with both hands.
In the years since he has been immovable from the side, he has been catapulted into superstar status.
This is how academy heroes are often made, their involvement is necessitated and they prove that they can step up.
History has shown that Rhys Williams could become a superstar for Liverpool, he is a talented academy prospect stepping up in our time of need, if he holds his nerve he could be something special.