Liverpool loaned out eager to ‘win my shirt’ after Swansea U23 exhaustion – Liverpool FC
Rhys Williams is there to make sure he’s ticked all the boxes possible for Swansea’s return to the starting lineup, including attending a Swans Academy game.
After a breakthrough with Liverpool last season, it was important to keep the momentum going for the 20-year-old, but three months after 2021/22 Williams has just 229 senior minutes under his belt.
A minor groin injury has been a factor in recent weeks for the youngster, who received massive support after allegations of racial abuse in September in Luton.
He would start in the 2-0 League Cup loss to Brighton just four days after Luton’s game, but has since played just four minutes for Russell Martin’s side.
But the young center-back is determined to make sure that when called up he doesn’t ‘explode’ and he took the opportunity to feature for the Swansea Under-23s as they faced Watford in the League. professional development.
âWhen I’m called up I have to be ready and I don’t want to explode so having 90 minutes under my belt and playing the way we wanted was a good feeling,â Williams told Swansea. official site.
âI don’t want to be called and not have the match minutes in my legs.
âMy goal is obviously to come here and play games and I hope I get the chance to do that and win my jersey when I get called up.
“I was trying to implement the way Russell Martin wants me to play in the first team and I hope he’s happy with the way I played.”
Martin watched Williams play for 90 minutes in the 2-0 win, playing alongside former Liverpool academy player Yan Dhanda.
Ahead of his U23s, Martin explained Williams’ situation and how Liverpool remain happy with what they see with the continued development of the center-back key.
“We had a lot of talking, Liverpool sent their loan manager and he was really impressed with what he saw and the way Rhys trained and worked,” Martin explained, via Wales Online.
âIt’s part of the journey of every young player, sometimes you have to be patient.
âHe only came out of the team in the first place because his groin was tight.
“He had a hard time coming back because the boys played so well, and he understands that.”
Since Williams’ last start in the league, Swansea have won four of their last seven games with Kyle Naughton, Ryan Manning and Ben Cabango the three favorite defenders.
It’s another challenge for Williams, but his words show he has the fighting spirit to compete for and hold on for a place.