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Liverpool boss Klopp: We now need Phillips - he was almost sold!

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has put Rhys Williams on notice as he seeks cover for injured defender Virgil van Dijk.

The teenager, who made his Champions League debut in the win at Ajax, had been given a first senior Reds chance alongside Van Dijk in the Carabao Cup tie at Lincoln City last month.

"It's a nice story," said the Reds boss of Williams' European bow. “I saw it in his eyes after the game that he was pretty impressed by that occasion.

“He is a big talent, not only physically big but is a real talent. It is nice to have him around.

“He played last year in non-league, and that makes it special.

“As always in life, when something bad happens, when the dust settles you can see the opportunities again.

“It's all about doing the right things in the right moment. For Rhys it was his first Champions League minutes."

Klopp added: “With our situation, we have Nat Phillips here as well and Billy the kid and they are really around.

“Nat Phillips we thought would be transferred, but at the last second it didn't happen.

“We already brought him back from Stuttgart for one game last season against Everton in which he did really well.

“These are solutions for us, and help us a lot. The boys are great, and it is a big opportunity for them."

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