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Liverpool: Darren Bent picks out Rhys Williams to ‘step up’

Liverpool: Darren Bent picks out Rhys Williams to ‘step up’ - Liverpool News

Former Premier League striker Darren Bent believes that Liverpool defender Rhys Williams will be the player that will ‘step up’ in the absence of Virgil van Dijk.

Williams’ time to shine

The 19-year-old central defender has been called upon in recent weeks after the Reds’ recent injury crisis has seen their defensive reserves cut desperately short.

Virgil van Dijk recently had surgery on his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, Joel Matip continues to struggle for fitness and Fabinho was their latest casualty, limping off during their last Champions League game against FC Midtjylland (via the Independent).

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Williams only recently made his debut for the club during Liverpool’s 7-2 victory over Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup – and has come off the bench in both Champions League fixtures so far (TransferMarkt).

Liverpool are exactly where they need to be, top of the Premier League and at the summit of Group D in Europe but Klopp may have a dilemma as to who he should stick with until the return of Matip and/or Fabinho.

Nathaniel Phillips featured yesterday as the Reds beat West Ham 2-1 at Anfield, but as he is ineligible to play in the Champions League so Williams will likely play in that game.

Speaking to Football Insider, Bent explained that he thinks Williams will be the man that will step into Van Dijk’s shoes and said that a string of good performances could see him rewarded with a regular place in the team.

“Who knows, maybe some from the youth team or the reserves like a Rhys Williams, it could be life-changing for them”, he said.

“Rhys Williams seems to be the one they’re talking about.

“If they step up and do really, really well that might set them up for life. All of sudden, when Van Dijk comes back, it might be Van Dijk and Rhys Williams or something like that.

“This is the time for someone to step up because it’s a big big loss that they’re dealing with.”

Mini Van Dijk

While there may be a lot of pressure on the young man’s shoulders to perform, it doesn’t appear that way after looking at some of his performances on the pitch.

Williams looks comfortable at the top level and has done exactly what Klopp will have wanted from the youngster. Trent Alexander-Arnold described the shift he put in against Midtjylland as “world-class” after he replaced Fabinho mid-way through the first-half (via LFCTV).

That being said, the season is still young and Bent is right, he has the capability to become the club’s temporary solution to Van Dijk.

In other news, Liverpool’s £54m-rated superstar drops hint of a new contract at Anfield.

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