'I want to become an irreplaceable piece' - Rhys Williams targets permanent first-team spot


Liverpool youngster Rhys Williams is eyeing a regular first-team take over at Anfield

Rhys Williams eyeing regular first-team show at Anfield.

The 19-year-old defender was recently thrust into the Reds first-team following injuries to Liverpool's first-choice centre-backs, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.

Williams - who previously played alongside van Dijk in the Carabao Cup - is enjoying life in the starting XI and intends to solidify a place in the team by making himself indispensable.

"Well, I was hoping for an opportunity but I wasn't hoping for it as good as this!" Williams told Liverpool's official website when asked to reflect on being given his first Champions League start by Jurgen Klopp.

"It doesn't get much better than a 5-0 away win to Atalanta, so I'm over the moon really.

"I'm happy the boss trusts me and I'm going to keep repaying his faith with performances and nights like this.

"So, hopefully, I keep getting an opportunity and keep doing everyone proud.

"I want to become an irreplaceable piece of this side. It's a great team with great players.

"I know it's going to be hard but I'm willing to put the effort in, keep working and hopefully keep putting in performances when I get the chance."

Williams acquitted himself well in his first European start, much to the delight of his manager.

"Exceptional," the German said of Williams. "I cannot imagine being 19 and playing in the Champions League against [Duvan] Zapata, it's incredible!

"I couldn't be more happy for Rhys. You should see him in the dressing room, you'd need something special to get the smile off his face!"

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