Liverpool young footballer Williams goes on loan in Swansea after signing five-year contract with the Reds



The 20-year-old will spend the season in league gear as he seeks first-team experience after last year’s breakout campaign.

Swansea have signed Rhys Williams on a season loan from Liverpool and the Reds defender signs a new five-year deal.

Liverpool believes the 20-year-old Williams will benefit from a year in the championship and has given the green light to change the deadline after the decision to keep Nat Phillips as a full-back this season.

Phillips, 24, signed a four-year contract earlier Tuesday. and will remain as a backup for Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and new signer Ibrahim Konate, while Williams will go in search of experience in the first team.

What situation?

Williams made 19 appearances for the Reds in all competitions last season, unexpectedly in the spotlight after a serious injury.

He spent the previous campaign, 2019-2020, on loan at Kidderminster at the sixth level of English football, but performed well with Phillips when Liverpool secured a 10-game unbeaten run to the Champions League at the end of last season.

He spent the preseason with Klopp’s senior team, but last week played for Barry Lutas’ Uunder-23 against Everton in his first 90-minute game for the Reds since May.

If Phillips’ transfer materialized, Williams would have stayed in Merseyside, but Liverpool’s £ 12m ($ 16m) asking price has been known to scare away fans of the 24-year-old, which means they were willing to give the green light to the Swansea loan. …

Before leaving, Williams wrote about a new contract that ties him to the Reds until 2026.

Any other business?

Young midfielder Jake Kane, 20, has joined Newport County’s second league team on a season loan, but there has been no change for either Sheia Ojo or Loris Carius, both of whom fall short at Anfield.

Ojo played for the Reds under 23, while Karius is in the last year of his contract and has not appeared since the 2018 Champions League final.

It is unlikely that there will be any earnings before the deadline, as Liverpool will end the period adding only Konate to their senior squad. Meanwhile, captain Jordan Henderson has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2025.

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