According to the Press and Journal, Liverpool are set to recall centre-back Rhys Williams from Aberdeen after the youngster has failed to be given a single minute of game time since joining on a season-long loan in the summer.
Liverpool are enjoying success in Merseyside as they are currently two points clear at the top of the Premier League table and Jurgen Klopp will be thrilled with the development and improvements that have been played out over the first half of the campaign so far.
Developing and nurturing youth prospects from the academy has always been part of Klopp’s recipe to success, whether that be by giving opportunities to young talent in the first-team squad or sending them out on loan to clubs where they can build up valuable experience that can in turn become valuable for the club.
For that reason, it will come as no surprise that the Merseyside giants are unhappy that their Champions League-experienced centre-back Rhys Williams has not been given a second of game time with Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.
The Press and Journal have now reported that Klopp is keen to recall his 22-year-old centre-back as soon as the transfer window opens on Monday 1st of January and it has been further revealed that Aberdeen have been assessing their options with the loan deal too.
Our verdict on Rhys Williams’ return…
It is important and in the best interests of everyone including Klopp and Williams if the centre-back is getting the most out of his development and time away from the club, so it makes perfect sense for Liverpool to recall him from Aberdeen.
Whilst Liverpool are considered to be in the market this January for a centre-back, it is unlikely that Williams will be able to compete for a spot in the Reds’ starting eleven this season – despite tallying up 19 appearances and 15 starts for the Merseysiders.
However, the most likely alternative is that the club finds a six-month loan deal better suited to Williams, where he can make an impact and earn regular game time to aid his progression.
With that being said, the next move for Williams will be one to watch and Liverpool supporters will be hoping that finding a better fit for the promising young centre-back will get the very best out of him, so that he can return to the club next summer with the potential to make a difference in the first-team squad.