Liverpool recall defender Rhys Williams from his loan spell at Blackpool to provide cover for Virgil van Dijk after his recent hamstring injury
The Dutchman is expected to be out for at least a month with the knock, adding to a list of unavailable stars that already included the likes of Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota.
Williams will return to cover for van Dijk after playing 17 games in his time at Blackpool this season.
Rhys Williams has been recalled by Liverpool after a loan spell at Championship side Blackpool
It comes after Virgil van Dijk picked up a hamstring injury that will rule him out for a month
He has fallen out of favour with the side in recent weeks, appearing just once in their past five games.
The 21-year-old does have Premier League experience, though, and enjoyed a run of 19 games across all competitions during van Dijk’s last serious injury in the 2020-21 season that included nine league appearances.
Whatever role Williams plays on his return to Anfield, fans will be hoping he can help turn around what has been a dire season so far.
Williams played a big part in the 2020-21 campaign after van Dijk’s ACL injury
The Reds sit 9th in the league at the season’s half way stage and are winless in their last three games.
They are now ten points off the Champions League places, a far cry from last season when they became the first team to play every match in every competition in a campaign that culminated in a Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid, the last of 63 fixtures.
When asked if his players’ efforts over the last 12 months had taken a toll, manager Jurgen Klopp replied: ‘It must have. We can say that now.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have struggled this year and now sit ninth in the Premier League table
‘There was no book written about it, there was no data about it. There was nothing about it because nobody played that many games ever before.
‘Outside the club they are speaking as if we are bottom of the table. There are times when you just have to get through it.’
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