Edvard Tagseth has revealed that he knew former Liverpool team-mate Rhys Williams could be a ‘top, top player, but insisted that he has no regrets about quitting Merseyside.
Williams made his second Champions League appearance for the Reds in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Midtjylland.
And the games could come thick and fast for the 19-year-old defender, who may well make his Premier League bow in Saturday’s visit of West Ham United.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is experiencing a crisis of centre-back options right now after Fabinho – who Williams replaced in midweek – was ruled out for a couple of weeks, following Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip into the treatment room.
Tagseth, who quit the Anfield outfit to join Rosenborg in his native Norway last year, remains happy with his career choice, but admitted his delight in seeing his former academy colleague on the big stage the other night.
He told The Echo: “When I see Rhys coming on, I miss my friends and the coaches, but I’m happy I left. I had the Ajax game on in the background and I heard there was a sub coming on, so I watched the telly and it was Rhys standing there! It was amazing and he won some headers there as well. It was just like seeing him in the U18s!
“At U18s and when he played up with the U23s when I was there, he was always dominant with his physicality, and he is very good on the ball as well. I always thought he would become a top, top player.”
The 19-year-old snubbed a contract extension to stay at Liverpool and it’s looking like the right choice.
Yes, he turned down the chance to stay at one of the best clubs in Europe but, on the plus side, he is playing senior football on a regular basis.
So far, Tagseth has managed 21 top-flight appearances for Rosenborg this year, scoring once.