English Premier League title holders Liverpool now have reasons not to engage in the January winter transfer window for a new defender with the performance of 19-year-old Rhys Williams in the last couple of games.

The Reds lost their star defender Virgil Van Dijk to injury in their last Merseyside derby against Everton and has been ruled out of the season. Brazilian international Fabinho who should serve as a cover is also battling with fitness.

The Reds were, therefore, determined to make a move for a new defender in the coming January winter transfer window with a number of names already mentioned as targets. Brighton’s Ben White, RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, and several other names have been linked with a move to Liverpool ahead of the coming weeks.

However, manager Jurgen Klopp is left with no choice but to make use of teenage defender Rhys Williams and he has proven to be more than a young defender with his last performances.

After impressing again in the Champions League game against Atalanta on Tuesday, the former Borussia Dortmund boss hailed the impact of Ryhs Willims in ensuring another clean sheet in the 5-0 win.

Rhys Williams has started his Champions League career with three successive clean sheets and that has got everyone talking including the boss. Jurgen Klopp described his performance as exceptional, stressing that playing against such a big squad in the Champions League at 19 and giving that level of performance is incredible.

“I cannot imagine being 19 and playing in the Champions League against Duvan Zapata, it’s incredible!

“I couldn’t be more happy for Rhys. You should see him in the dressing room, you’d need something special get the smile off his face” he stated

Should Rhys Williams continue with this level of performance without losing games, Jurgen Klopp will be forced to keep the squad intact before the return of the injured players.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.