Jurgen Klopp names the “exceptional” Rhys Williams among three additional options for the defense of Liverpool.


The head of the Reds also named elite development coach Vitor Matos as a key figure in the 19-year-old’s development and recommended him for the main team.

Jurgen Klopp welcomed the “extraordinary” rise of young talent Rhys Williams after his breakthrough into Liverpool’s first team.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp greets young defender Rhys Williams in an interview about the central defender situation

And given the number of defenders currently being pushed to the sidelines, the Kopites could soon see much more of the starlet.

Williams came off the bench to replace the injured Fabinho and played in the Champions League one hour after the 2-0 win over Midtjylland on Tuesday.

“This is quite extraordinary. But he was already a really good boy when he arrived here.

Asked about Williams, Klopp said in his press conference today: “I can’t say too much about his progress over the last few years, to be 100% honest.

“But I can say a lot about his progress in the last few weeks or months since he’s been with us [in first team training].

“He drew our attention to [Williams] and said ‘he’s really good, take him in training’, so we did. He looked good!”

“The situation was one of the advantages of having Vitor Matos on the coaching staff.

The Reds will meet West Ham tomorrow night at 17.30 at the kick-off in Anfield.

This means that Rhys Williams may be considered for a Premier League start alongside Joe Gomez.

Fabinho will be absent, Joel Matip will probably not be there either, and Virgil van Dijk will be absent in the long term.

Klopp pointed out, however, that his options as central defender go beyond Williams, as he pointed to two other defenders who will be watching the season.

He added: “We still have Billy the kid [Koumetio] and also Nat Phillips.

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“They are all training with us, they are all with us, and now we have to make decisions.

“Billy was unavailable for the last 10/12 days for various reasons, but now he’s back….


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