Liverpool youngster temporarily replacing Virgil van Dijk wants to be irreplaceable
Liverpool center-back, Rhys Williams, insists he wants to become an invaluable member of the side after making his European bow against Atalanta.
The 19-year-old has been forced to step in due to the absence of Virgil van Dijk who is expected to be out for the rest of the season after suffering a nasty anterior cruciate ligament injury against Everton last month and Joel Matip and Fabinho.
Rhys who has played 5 times for Liverpool this season already played a couple of games alongside Van Dijk during their carabao outings and now plans to do the impossible by replacing the injured man and try to become the ‘irreplaceable’.
Speaking with the club’s official website the England U-21 international said:
Well, I was hoping for an opportunity but I wasn’t hoping for it as good as this! I’m happy the boss trusts me and I’m going to keep repaying his faith with performances and nights like this, so hopefully I keep getting an opportunity and keep doing everyone proud. I want to become an irreplaceable piece of this side. It’s a great team with great players. I know it’s going to be hard but I’m willing to put the effort in, keep working and hopefully keep putting in performances when I get the chance.”
Williams has been at Liverpool since the under-10s level and his meteoric rise to Liverpool’s first team hasn’t surprised the ones who have helped him shape his development. His U-23 manager Barry Lewtas said Rhys was never fazed by anything and was always up for a challenge describing it as one of his best characters.
‘’Pretty exceptional’’ is how Jurgen Klopp described him after his game against Midtjylland last week.
Rhys who spent the last season on loan at Kidderminster Harriers in the sixth tier of English football decided to stay and play for the U-23s this season and that proved to be a great decision for him.
It was clear from the start Liverpool would have one of the academy kids playing for the first team as the fourth choice center-back after it was decided to not pursue a Dejan Lovren replacement and go with what they have.
The club had initially planned to promote Billy Koumetio to the first team, but with Billy out injured, Rhys got the chance to start alongside his idol Van Dijk against Lincoln City.
The 6ft 3 tall center-back from Preston made full use of the chance given to him and now looks all set to start alongside Joe Gomez this Sunday against Manchester City.
If he continues his good form this season there’s a good chance Liverpool don’t buy anyone in the January transfer window and keep showing faith in him.
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