Jamie Carragher told Champions League on CBS (27/10/20 at 10:35 pm) that Rhys Williams provides Liverpool with ‘great aerial ability’ something which senior duo Fabinho and Joe Gomez ‘don’t give you’.
The 19-year-old might need to put those qualities into action because Jurgen Klopp has to deal with a number of injuries to his backline.
Williams came onto the pitch after half an hour during Liverpool’s 2-0 win against FC Midtjylland in the Champions League on Tuesday night, with stand-in centre-back, Fabinho having to go off injured.
Carragher acknowledged that this is a ‘huge problem’ for Liverpool but he seemingly suggested that Williams has the qualities to fill any potential void at the back.
“It’s a huge problem for Liverpool,” Carragher told CBS. “Matip was touch and go for this game. Whether he will be back for West Ham, I am not sure. The young lad Rhys Williams came back and actually did well tonight.
“What he does give you is a great size and great aerial ability that Fabinho or Joe Gomez don’t give you.
“I think everyone will have their fingers crossed that Matip is back for the game at the weekend for West Ham. Then maybe the Atlanta game because Liverpool have made a great start then it’s not as important. Then you got the Manchester City game next and that’s huge.”
There’s no doubt that Williams has the size and build of Van Dijk and it’s like his little brother is on the pitch when you realise their hairstyles are pretty similar too.
But Liverpool don’t have anyone who can play with the calmness and the intelligence of their reliable Dutchman, so from Klopp’s perspective, it’s a case of finding that right formula.
It seemed as though he was heading down the Fabinho-Joe Gomez route, but once again, the German has to think on his feet because they have some crucial games coming up, including against title rivals Manchester City before the international break.