Kidderminster Harriers manager Russell Penn has told Sky Sports how Liverpool youngster Rhys Williams has a huge future ahead of him.
The England U21 international spent last season on loan at Kidderminster.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp opted to keep Williams around as back-up this season, but injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho could now see him become heavily involved.
Williams made his debut in the EFL Cup victory over Lincoln City and later came off the bench to play an hour in the Champions League victory over FC Midtjylland on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters, Penn believes he has the tools to emulate Van Dijk.
‘He’s a very confident individual. He knows his ability. I can only go as Kidderminster manager he knew how good he was at our level. You get very shy teenagers who are scared around the first-team environment but looks embraced by it all. He looks the part; he looks like the next Van Dijk and he’s performing like it as well,” Penn explained.
Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million in January 2018 (Sky Sports).
The Dutchman helped transform Liverpool from contenders to winners, lifting both the Champions League title in 2019 and the Premier League title in 2020.
Van Dijk’s stunning performances at the back for the Merseyside club saw him finish second in the 2019 Ballon d’Or vote behind Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
The 29-year-old, however, now faces a lengthy spell on the side-lines with injury.
Liverpool have Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho as defensive options, but an injury to the latter in midweek could see Williams now thrust into first-team action.
The 19-year-old displayed his potential on Tuesday, and Liverpool supporters will be hoping he can continue in such vein of form with bigger tests to come.