Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘blocks loan move for Rhys Williams’ after shining in the heart of defence for injury-stricken Reds… in a blow for many Championship sides including Middlesbrough
- Rhys Williams, 19, has broken into the Liverpool first team after several injuries
- The centre-back has made nine appearances in all competitions for the Reds
- Jurgen Klopp was considering a loan move, but seems to have changed his mind
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tracked back on plans to sanction a loan move for defender Rhys Williams.
Williams, 19, has broken into the first-team following a spate of defensive injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
And the teenager has impressed sufficiently in the heart of the Liverpool defence for Klopp to change his mind about sending him out on loan to the Championship.
Liverpool’s Rhys Williams (centre) is likely to stay at the club after impressive performances
As reported by the Sun, several second-tier clubs were interested, including play-off chasing Middlesbrough.
With van Dijk and Gomez out, Klopp was forced to turn to alternatives, with Joel Matip, midfielder Fabinho and several youngsters filling in at the back.
Nathaniel Phillips, 23, has made two league appearances and Billy Koumetio, 18, has made several matchday squads, but Preston-born Williams has stepped up to make nine appearances.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp had been keen to send Williams out on loan but now wants to keep him
Most of them have been in the Champions League or Carabao Cup, but the centre-back won plaudits for his strong performance in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over then-leaders Tottenham in the Premier League.
Klopp was keen to give Williams regular first-team experience in the Championship, like Harvey Elliott, 17, who is impressing at Blackburn.
But it now appears the player on loan at National League North side Kidderminster last season will be staying at Anfield for the foreseeable future.
Williams, 19, has been blooded at centre-back after a spate of defensive injuries for Liverpool
The absence of Virgil van Dijk (right) and Joe Gomez has led to more opportunities for Williams
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock had hinted he was in negotiations to sign Williams before Klopp’s U-turn.
The 72-year-old said: ‘I was talking to one top Premier League club over the summer about one of their players.
‘The player I was looking at ended up playing in the Champions League two weeks later, so I bet he’s glad he didn’t come with me!’
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