The 20-year-old defender has loved a breakthrough marketing campaign in 2020-21, with a string of accidents at Anfield working in his favour
Rhys Williams has admitted to receiving a message from Jurgen Klopp throughout a breakthrough marketing campaign at Liverpool that left him “scared”, whereas additionally conceding that he felt “nervous” forward of a shock Premier League debut for the Reds.
The 20-year-old defender first registered on a senior radar when making a aggressive bow for the reigning champions in a Carabao Cup conflict with Lincoln in September 2020.
He noticed Champions League outings on the again of that, as harm issues mounted at Anfield, and now has 13 appearances to his identify throughout all choices – with the belief of a demanding coach being earned.
What has been mentioned?
Whereas Klopp has proven religion in Williams, he has informed UMM on the worry that direct contact from the German nonetheless conjures up in these at his disposal: “I might most likely say the captain or possibly Virg [are the most active in the WhatsApp group chat].
“Clearly [Van Dijk] has not been taking part in together with his harm, so earlier than each sport he’s wishing all of the boys good luck and stuff like that.
“And the skipper [Jordan Henderson] is the one who’s at all times replying first.
“There was one [message] lately [from Klopp] – ‘are you able to come and see me please.’
“I used to be scared!
“Nevertheless it was simply to debate some stuff that I may do higher in video games, so it was nothing to be anxious about. However I used to be nervous.”
How has Williams fared this season?
Regardless of his lack of expertise on the senior stage, the Anfield academy graduate has fared admirably after being thrown in on the deep finish.
He has been offering cowl for the likes of Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, with premature knocks suffered by centre-back rivals seeing a door open for the teen frequently.
Williams added on seeing extra sport time that he had imagined this season, with a primary Premier League look taken in towards Tottenham on December 16: “I used to be nervous as a result of I wasn’t beginning at first, I used to be on the bench. After which Joel Matip was meant to play.
“He had an issue together with his again, so the boss and the first-team coach come to me and mentioned ‘be prepared since you are beginning, Joel has failed his health check.’
“In order that was say 5 – 6 hours earlier than coaching and I needed to get my head collectively as a result of that was my first sport within the Premier League with [Harry] Kane and [Heung-min] Son up prime.
“I used to be nervous however the boys helped me via it.”
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Klopp bolstered his defensive ranks in January with the additions of Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak, whereas Fabinho has continued to fit in at centre-half when required.
Williams has taken in only one Premier League outing in 2021 because of this – a 1-Zero defeat at Fulham – and the Reds are nonetheless within the strategy of attempting to salvage a season that has them at risk of lacking out on a top-four end.