In response to Virgil van Dijk’s injury, Liverpool has recalled center-back Rhys Williams back to Anfield to help out at the back
With the Dutchman expected to miss several weeks due to a hamstring injury, Klopp is left with just Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip as senior cover in addition to Nat Phillips, who is drawing a lot of interest from teams this month.
Given the uncertainty surrounding Phillips’ future, Liverpool has summoned up Williams from his loan with Blackpool, and according to The Athletic, the 21-year-old will stay with the Reds’ first squad for the rest of the season.
Early in the season, Williams started all 17 games for the Championship squad, but the young player has lost his spot recently as the team has slipped down the standings. A manager change has also added to the tense environment at Bloomfield Road.
Having ably provided cover for Klopp’s first team during the infamous injury woes of the 2020–21 season, he will now do so more frequently. Williams made 19 appearances during that season, frequently impressing in both the Premier League and the Champions League alongside Phillips. He will now have the opportunity to increase his total.
It is unknown if Phillips will still be employed after the conclusion of the transfer window. Despite receiving a lot of interest during the summer, the 25-year-old was kept on staff at Anfield as backup. He has five appearances in all competitions, including two as a starter, and is thought to be in high demand for the rest of the season.
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