Rhys Williams the latest Liverpool defensive concern/Mo Salah provides update amid Covid recovery

Rhys Williams the latest Liverpool defensive concern/Mo Salah provides update amid Covid recovery

The latest word stemming from the English media suggests that Liverpool’s defensive crisis could yet be added further to by Rhys Williams.

Reds ravaged

To say that the last month has not proven too kind to Premier League champions Liverpool would be something of an understatement.

First, during the club’s Merseyside derby meeting with Everton, Virgil van Dijk picked up a knee injury, which is expected to see the Dutchman sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

Then, two weeks later, whilst filling in for the absent van Dijk, Fabinho hobbled off during the club’s Champions League clash vs Midtjylland, after suffering a hamstring problem.

This was followed by Trent Alexander-Arnold adding to the ever-growing injury list at Anfield last weekend, when the English international picked up a calf problem, which looks set to see him miss around a month of action.

And, incredibly, yet another defensive blow for Jurgen Klopp’s men was forthcoming last week when, after word surfaced that Joe Gomez had been forced out of England training, confirmation swiftly followed that the 23-year-old had been forced under the knife.

Gomez, like central-defensive partner van Dijk, is now in line for an extended spell on the sidelines.

Both Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson, meanwhile, have also emerged as fitness concerns over the last couple of days, with respective muscle issues.

The former missed out on a place in Scotland’s squad to take on Slovakia on Sunday night, whilst Liverpool captain Henderson has returned to Merseyside after being forced off at half-time of England’s defeat to Belgium.

Williams latest

As such, as things stand, the genuine possibility exists that Jurgen Klopp will not have any of his first-choice back-4 to choose from when the English champions welcome Leicester City to Anfield this weekend.

As outlined above, though, just when it appeared as though the defensive woes facing Liverpool couldn’t get any worse, a fresh concern has emerged.

The player in question? Rhys Williams.

19-year-old Williams, who has looked superb whilst filling in amidst the personnel crisis on the red half of Merseyside of late, was expected to feature for England’s U21s during the country’s meeting with Albania this evening.

As kick-off approached, however, it was revealed that Williams had been excluded from not only the Young Lions’ starting XI, but their matchday squad altogether.

Panic, in turn, quickly spread amongst the Liverpool faithful.

And an explanation for Williams’ absence has since been forthcoming.

As confirmed by a number of sources across social media, the teenage stopper has picked up a ‘minor issue’, and was therefore withdrawn from contention to face Albania as a precaution:

Williams’ availability to face Leicester this weekend, in turn, appears up in the air.

‘Back on the field soon’

In other Reds-related news this evening, meanwhile, Mohamed Salah has taken to social media, to provide an update on his wellbeing.

The explosive wide-man is another to have picked up a problem, albeit an altogether different one to his Liverpool teammates, whilst on international duty.

Salah last week tested positive for Covid-19, and has since remained in self isolation as a result.

The Egyptian is therefore also set to miss his side’s return to action on Sunday, but has moved to assure that he will nevertheless be back in Liverpool’s colours ‘soon’:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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