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Rhys Williams signs new Liverpool contract; joins Swansea on loan

Rhys Williams has signed a new Liverpool contract. The 20-year-old immediately joins Swansea City on loan.

Liverpool announced on Tuesday that Rhys Williams has agreed a new contract. The Athletic claims it’s a five-year deal until 2026.

Williams signs the deal and joins Swansea City on loan for next season. He’ll spend a campaign in the Championship with the side that finished fourth in 20/21.

Rhys Williams signs new contract

Williams more than earned his contract with his displays last season. The 20-year-old, who had previously never played top-flight football, helped the Reds finish third in the Premier League.

The way he stepped up in an injury crisis to perform was quite special. Enough that you quickly forgot that he’s such a young player – not many defenders are playing regular top-flight football at 20.

Let alone players whose previous senior experience came in the National League. It was very impressive from Williams and he proved himself to be a player with a bright future.

Now comes the big step, though. Can Williams perform over an entire season under pressure? Swansea will have eyes on promotion this season, at least through the Play-Offs.

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If he helps deliver that, we’d have to say that Williams is turning into a very, very promising young player. That will certainly be the hope here.

The five-year contract suggests Liverpool see that as a real possibility. They’ll want to have a relatively experienced, successful 21-year-old centre-back in a year’s time.

Maybe, with a bit of luck, Williams can quickly progress into being Joel Matip’s long-term replacement. There’s no rush for him to be that but it’ll be the goal for Liverpool.

It all depends on this season, though. Can Williams make another leap forward in his career? It’s a big campaign but we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do.

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