With Liverpool adding Ibrahima Konate to their squad during the recent summer transfer window, placing him alongside Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Nat Phillips, it’s safe to say the Merseyside club are pretty stacked for centre-backs at the moment.
However, one other defender they have on their books that played a significant part in their previous campaign is Rhys Williams, who is currently on loan with Championship club Swansea City until the end of the season.
Prior to joining the Welsh club on his current loan deal, Williams, who was once described by Klopp as “exceptional,” put pen to paper on a new contract with Liverpool which will see him stay with the Reds until 2026.
His time on loan with Swansea so far, however, has not been entirely successful with Williams playing in just three of their games across all competitions so far this season, managing to concede five goals in those outings.
In addition to his lack of game time, it seems as though his performances when he has played have not been particularly impressive. WhoScored have given him an overall rating of 6.14/10 for his performances in the Championship so far, making him one of Swansea’s lowest-rated players.
Williams has also failed to win any ground duels in the Championship this season either, which should be worrying for a defender, even at his young age.
Taking this into account, it’s safe to assume that Klopp will be concerned with the way he’s performing at the Liberty Stadium. However, the defender still has enough time to turn his season around and get back on track before it ends.
However, if he doesn’t manage to do this, Williams could find himself even further away from a place in Klopp’s starting XI and Liverpool could well end up regretting offering him a long-term contract in the first place.