Report: Player closing in on Liverpool exit, club could sign 20 y/o on season-long loan

Rhys Williams could be loaned out to Swansea City before the summer transfer window shuts, says Ahmed Shooble of The Athletic. The 20-year-old won’t command a starting place at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, so he’ll be granted a temporary move away to get more playing time.

Williams has made 55 appearances for the U18s, 10 appearances for the U19s, seven appearances for the U23s and 19 appearances for the first-team. The centre-back was drafted in from the reserves last season when Liverpool were suffering an injury crisis, but they’ve since signed a player who’s replaced him.

The Reds brought in Ibrahima Konate on a five-year deal from RB Leipzig and have Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip available at centre-back, so there’s no place for Williams. He’s still young enough to develop elsewhere, however, which is likely why a loan move is a good option.

Swansea have Joel Latibeaudiere, Brandon Cooper, Ryan Bennett and Ben Cabango at centre-back, but injuries have left City short in recent weeks.

Williams isn’t at the required level to play for Liverpool if he’s being linked with a Championship side, so he’s better off leaving for a season. His deal at Anfield runs until 2023, so he needs to impress if loaned out to stand a chance of playing for Liverpool again. A new deal will depend on it.

Summary

Williams has potential and filled a void for Liverpool last season, but it doesn’t make sense for him to spend the campaign on the periphery.

The 20-year-old has proven too good for reserve-team football and would benefit from playing competitively, so a loan move will allow him to keep developing.

Williams has little chance of playing under Klopp with Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip and Konate standing in his way, so Swansea might be a good temporary option.