Rhys Williams returning to Liverpool as senior player prepares to leave - report
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Rhys Williams returning to Liverpool as senior player prepares to leave - report

Rhys Williams will return to Liverpool and replace a senior player, according to reports. The 21-year-old has been at Blackpool.

This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They report that Liverpool will recall Rhys Williams this month from his loan at Blackpool.

Williams has been there since the summer but there will soon be a spot in Liverpool’s first-team squad available. The Reds expect Nat Phillips to leave this week, with concrete offers for the player on the horizon.

The injury to Virgil van Dijk, too, means Liverpool need cover. Letting the 25-year-old Phillips finally move on for first-team football would create a further need – thus Williams can expect to contend for places.

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Phillips’ most recent appearance came in the FA Cup against Wolves. It’s a competition Williams will likely target for minutes and the Reds take on Brighton in the Fourth Round.

Rhys Williams returning to Liverpool

We know Liverpool like Williams a lot. Jurgen Klopp has called his efforts incredible in the past, with the player proving he can hold his own in the Premier League.

At just 21, Williams does still have plenty of potential. He’s got relatively decent experience for a centre-back at that age, particularly at the top level, and makes a pretty good fourth-choice option for now.

Of course, that becomes fifth-choice when Van Dijk returns. We’re hoping that’s not too far away and until then, Williams will have a legitimate role in the squad.

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It’s a decent idea from Liverpool, then. Phillips should bring in around £10m, we’d imagine, and Williams can handle his role well. It’s not exactly the kind of money that will spring a move for Jude Bellingham or Enzo Fernández but it’s worth cashing in on the 25-year-old as soon as possible.

Williams can certainly help cover things until the end of the season, when he’ll face another big decision on his future.

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