Liverpool will hope Rhys Williams can save them after another injury setback. Fortunately, they have proof that this can work.
Rhys Williams can save the day. He’ll probably have to, really, if Liverpool are to maintain a title challenge.
The 19-year-old currently finds himself as Liverpool’s no.2 centre-half – quite a rise from not being a first-team player when the season began.
But Joel Matip is now out for the next little while, per the Daily Mail. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez already have long-term injuries, so Fabinho is all that’s left as a senior option.
Williams made the step up against Tottenham Hotspur to deliver a win – but can he do that consistently. He’ll have to, if the Reds want success this season.
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Fortunately, they have proof that this can work.
Liverpool already asked a teenager to step up this season. Curtis Jones, while a part of the first-team squad, was down at about seventh-choice.
But with Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, and James Milner all picking up injuries – and Fabinho playing in defence – Jones got his chance.
He got several, in fact. The 19-year-old has played consistently over the last two months in some huge games.
Jones delivered in them too. He was fantastic against Tottenham Hotspur, for instance. The Scouser took little time to show that he’s a genuine first-XI option who can give you top performances.
At the very least, he can give you a competent player in the middle.
So when Liverpool ask Williams to do the same, they can do so with the confidence Jones gives them. Yes, they may be young, yes they may be a last-resort – but you can get consistent performances from them.
And if Williams delivers as Jones has, then Liverpool can maintain their position at the top of the Premier League.