Liverpool have allowed Rhys Williams to head out on loan today. Swansea City have snapped up the young central defender and he joins for the 2021/22 campaign. Following his move to the Championship, Harvey Elliott and James Milner have reacted on Instagram.
The Reds won’t do any incoming business on transfer deadline day. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will work with what he has. Williams’ teammate Nat Phillips will be kept at Anfield as cover for the first team.
Williams was called upon during 2020/21 by Klopp. Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez saw the Liverpool boss in a needs must situation.
The 20-year-old has penned a new contract with the former Premier League champions and now heads out on loan. So far this season, he has played just once for the club’s under-23 ranks.
Last season he made 19 appearances for Liverpool and that experience should set him up for a strong loan spell. Swansea have been in need of reinforcements having seen their squad decimated this summer.
Klopp was a big fan of Williams last season. After a win over Manchester United, he called his performance ‘absolutely insane’ to the club’s official website.
What have Elliott and Milner said after Liverpool confirm Williams exit?
Both players have reacted to the defender’s Instagram post. Both have played with Williams in the past and he’s clearly a popular figure in the dressing room.
Milner will probably play a bit-part role at Anfield this season. He’s been a superb servant to the club but as he’s not getting any younger, he will likely be more of an influence in the dressing room.
Elliott is at the other end of his career. In a way, Williams will look to emulate the young winger. He was mesmerising on loan at Blackburn last season and now looks to be favoured by Klopp.
The youngster will hope to play a big part under Russell Martin this season. If he does, he could become a first-team regular at Liverpool in the distant future.