Liverpool are allegedly considering recalling Rhys Williams from his Swansea loan spell due to his lack of minutes, with the Reds unhappy with how things have panned out.
The Englishman has played just 230 minutes across three appearances since moving to Wales on loan and Liverpool are ready to bring him back to the club as his development is stalling with the Swans.
The 20-year-old made a name for himself last season as he and Nathaniel Phillips combined to help Liverpool finish third in the Premier League table, amid the worst defensive injury crisis I’ve ever seen at the club.
According to a report from the Sunday Mirror (07/11, p70), Liverpool could recall the young defender although I’m not sure how much more game time he will receive at Anfield.
Virgil van Dijk has been partnered for the most part by Joel Matip this term. This has limited the minutes that Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez have received, with the latter finding it particularly difficult to force his way into the side.
Williams isn’t yet at the level of Liverpool’s other centre-backs and even Nat Phillips, who is also yet to start a Premier League game this season, has played very few minutes this season.
It makes you really think about Jurgen Klopp’s managerial talent that he was able to finish third in the league above Chelsea with Phillips, and Williams when the latter is unable to even break into Championship side Swansea’s starting XI.
Liverpool are struggling defensively at the moment, although the issues have been due to a lack of midfield protection, with Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain guilty of being soft in the engine room against West Ham.
They allowed Jarrod Bowen to run right past them and he assisted Pablo Fornals with a cute pass to bypass the exposed Joel Matip.
Fortunately, Jurgen Klopp has the international break to figure out what the issue is and work on implementing a solution before Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal travels to Anfield in two weeks.