Liverpool defender Rhys Williams joins Championship side Blackpool on loan… with the young centre-back admitting ‘I want to show everyone what I can do’ after struggling for first-team opportunities at Anfield
- Liverpool’s Rhys Williams has sealed a season-long loan move to Blackpool
- The defender struggled for playing time at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp
- Williams also had a difficult loan spell at Swansea City last season
- He now wants to show everyone what he is capable of at Blackpool this term
Liverpool defender Rhys Williams has joined Blackpool on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old centre-back wanted to be sure of his move as it is important he gains regular competitive football after a difficult loan spell at Swansea City last season.
Blackpool manager Michael Appleton has convinced the 6ft5in defender to join the Seasiders as he seeks to push for promotion.
Blackpool confirmed Rhys Williams’ arrival on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon
The club released an image of Williams putting pen to paper on his contract
They then posted an image of Williams in the Blackpool home shirt
“I’m so happy to be here and I want to show everyone what I can do this season,” Williams told Blackpool’s official website.
“I think I’m aerially dominant because of my height, and I’m a vocal defender. I also like having the ball at my feet, so hopefully I can play the way the gaffer wants us to play.
“I spoke to him before signing, and he was really complimentary and said nothing but good things about the football club and the journey he is on.”
“I want to be a part of it and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”
Williams has struggled to break into the Liverpool first team in the past 12 months
Michael Appleton is happy he was able to convince Williams to move to Blackpool
Head coach Appleton added: “Rhys is a physical and athletic defender who came through Liverpool’s academy to go on to represent their first team, and we are delighted he has signed for Blackpool.”
“He has a lot of experience despite his young age, and he’s someone who will add real quality to our team this season.”
Williams finished last season playing for Liverpool Under-23s as competition for the top spots is fierce at Anfield.
Although he made 19 first-team appearances under Jurgen Klopp, it was clear the chances would be limited and Williams needs better than U23 football to test himself regularly and get going.