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Liverpool defender Rhys Williams is closing in on a switch to Swansea for the rest of the season as a result of the red updates at the back, a report claims.
The 20-year-old has largely been on the periphery of Liverpool’s first team, despite last season’s breakthrough. In fact, he became a crucial player for Jurgen Klopp in the midst of his side’s injury crisis. Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all sustained long-term injuries, forcing Williams into contention.
Subsequently, he made 19 first-team appearances, including nine in the Premier League and six in the Champions League.
However, his situation has now changed and he is playing football under 23 again. In the meantime, Van Dijk and Matip have restored their partnership and Gomez has started on the bench.
What’s more, new central defense signing Ibrahima Konate has joined him. As such, Williams’ chances for minutes look slim.
According to Liverpool Echo, the center-back is close to moving to South Wales for the rest of the season. Liverpool must first give the green light to the move, but they will not stand in his way.
The Reds actually believe the transfer will prove beneficial to Williams.
The Championship shift comes as a similar one, as Harvey Elliott signed up last season.
The 18-year-old midfielder was in Blackburn and he impressed and earned a nomination for the second floor Young Player of the Year award.
As such, he has gone straight into Klopp’s first team during this period.
Nathaniel Phillips Liverpool transfer possible
Although Liverpool will not stand in Williams ‘way, they are not yet in the process of sanctioning his exit due to uncertainty about Nathaniel Phillips’ future.
Like Williams, he benefited from Liverpool’s injury crisis. Unlike his colleague, however, he has been earmarked for a permanent exit rather than a loan.
Liverpool expect to receive a ‘number of offers’ for the 24-year-old before Tuesday’s transfer deadline of 23:00.
What’s more, Goal journalist Neil Jones says he has interest from England, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
However, his price of £ 12 million has so far proved to be “unaffordable”. As a result, Liverpool will not sanction Williams ‘exit until they find out about Phillips’ situation.
Jones also says young Jake Cain will move to Newport on loan. However, Loris Karius and Sheyi Ojo will – as it turns out – stay at Anfield.
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