Liverpool Could Strengthen Their Center-back Options with a 22-year-old Player Praised as ‘Exceptional’ by Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool could be looking to enhance their center-back options by adding to their squad ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.

As per reports from the Daily Mail, there is contemplation within the Reds’ camp about recalling Rhys Williams from his unsuccessful loan stint at Aberdeen, where he has not yet had the opportunity to make a senior appearance.

In a scenario reminiscent of the 22-year-old’s breakthrough at Anfield during the 2020/21 season, concerns arise about a shortage of central defenders in Jurgen Klopp’s squad after Joel Matip suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The report suggests that Liverpool are poised to assess their defensive options in January in light of Matip’s significant setback. As a response, the possibility of recalling Preston native Williams to the first-team squad is being considered to alleviate the pressure on players such as Jarell Quansah and Joe Gomez. However, it is mentioned that there is also a consideration of potentially loaning him out again.

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Recalling Williams from his loan stint at Pittodrie may seem logical in theory, providing Liverpool with an additional center-back option. Nonetheless, the practicality of this decision is more complex.

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Williams, at 22, participated in his most recent competitive match with Aberdeen’s B team in mid-August, facing defeat against Peterhead in the Scottish Challenge Cup. Notably, he hasn’t featured in any matchday squad for Aberdeen’s Premiership matches this season, as reported by Transfermarkt.

Given this lack of recent competitive play, Williams currently lacks the match sharpness essential for immediate consideration as a viable selection for Liverpool’s first team.

However, should he find insufficient playing time in Scotland, it appears impractical to retain him there. Instead, bringing him back to Liverpool would allow him to be in the senior environment, potentially making him an option for Klopp if, unfortunately, more centre-backs are sidelined due to injuries.

As per the manager’s own assessment, Williams demonstrated an ‘exceptional’ performance when he played for LFC as a teenager three seasons ago (GOAL). Consequently, the prospect of recalling him to his parent club cannot be dismissed, contingent upon reaching an agreement with Aberdeen.

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