Liverpool set to hold crunch talks about youngster’s future ahead of January transfer window decision

Rhys Williams has been confined to a bit-part role on loan at Swansea City and the Reds have the option to recall him.
Liverpool defender Rhys Williams. Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesLiverpool defender Rhys Williams. Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
Liverpool defender Rhys Williams. Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Liverpool will hold discussions with Swansea City regarding Rhys Williams' future ahead of the January transfer window.

The Reds defender moved to the Championship outfit on a season-long loan in the summer to enhance his promising progress.

How has Rhys Williams fared at Swansea?

He played 19 times for Jurgen Klopp's side last season and helped secure third place in the Premier League.

Liverpool hold the option to cut the 20-year-old's south Wales spell short when the transfer window opens next month.

Mark Allen, Swansea's sporting director, admits he's due for imminent talks with the Reds about Williams.

What’s been said about Rhys Williams’ future?

Speaking to Wales Online, he said: “With every loan, there will always be a recall clause in January, very seldom will you have a loan that doesn’t include that, for both parties.

Rhys Williams in action for Liverpool against Crystal Palace last season. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty ImagesRhys Williams in action for Liverpool against Crystal Palace last season. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Rhys Williams in action for Liverpool against Crystal Palace last season. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

“Is it working out for the individual? Is it working out for the team? Is it working out for the club that’s loaning him? Do they think there’s a better loan available for them?

“All of those will be factors now, and we’ll be speaking to Liverpool in the coming weeks with regards to Rhys.”

Will Liverpool recall Williams?

It entirely depends on whether Liverpool are happy with Williams' situation at Swansea.

He'd been sent to garner valuable experience at Russell Martin's side and enhance his chances of becoming a first-team regular at Anfield in the future.

As things stand, that is not the case.

Williams is highly rated on Merseyside, with Klopp stating how well he performed amid last term's defensive crisis when Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez were all long-term absentees.

Liverpool could believe that either another loan elsewhere or returning and developing under their watch could prove a better solution.