Liverpool announce loan for 'outstanding' talent that likely puts a surprise player in their squad this season
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Liverpool announce loan for 'outstanding' talent that likely puts a surprise player in their squad this season

Rhys Williams joins Blackpool on loan for the next season and that should affect the Liverpool squad. A surprise player could stick around.

Liverpool announced on Tuesday that Rhys Williams will spend next season with Blackpool. Of course, Williams was supposed to spend last season with Swansea City but returned early – here’s hoping this spell goes better.

The centre-back has had a remarkable few years, having shocked everyone with his performances for the first-team in 2020/21. Williams established himself as a genuine Premier League defender as the Reds finished third.

That earned praise from Jurgen Klopp as he labelled the player ‘outstanding’. Thus few could have been too surprised at reports that Klopp wanted Williams around at the club this season.

The Liverpool Echo reported in May that the Reds wanted to extend Williams’ contract and use him as their fifth-choice centre-back. It wouldn’t exactly guarantee much football for the player but he’d be their emergency backup option. An option that 2020/21 season showed is worth having.

But if Williams is off, who gets that role now?

Rhys Williams joins Blackpool

Liverpool will still want that fifth-choice option. The two candidates now appear to be Nat Phillips and Sepp van den Berg – two players we really didn’t think would be around this season.

Phillips, in particular, has consistently been linked with a move away. Just the other day, the Echo claimed that Liverpool would send him out on loan – and that was after months of talks that they’d sell for £15m.

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Perhaps those plans change again as Williams heads to Blackpool. But then, perhaps they don’t.

Van den Berg is another player we expected to depart this summer but he’s still at Anfield. That may well be because Klopp wants to get a good look at him, with the potential there for a squad role this season.

After all, the Dutchman is capable of playing multiple positions and no one can doubt his ability. He’d be a genuinely useful squad option – not just as a fifth-choice centre-back but as a full-back, too. Maybe even in midfield.

We still think Liverpool might go for a loan but if they want a deeper squad, either Phillips or Van den Berg will surely be a surprise inclusion in their squad this year.

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