Michael Brown has heaped praise on Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for his handling of young defender Rhys Williams.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City midfielder was left impressed with Klopp’s post-match interview after Williams made his Premier League debut against Spurs on Wednesday night.

The visitors equalised against Liverpool with Heung-Min Son finding himself free on the Reds’ right-hand side with Williams dropping back and leaving him unmarked.

Klopp said after the game that nobody was to blame and that he felt Son was offside despite VAR ruling otherwise.

The German added he thought Williams, 19, was “outstanding” and was blown away with his confidence and passing.

However, the young defender was dropped for the visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday with Fabinho and Joel Matip lining up at the heart of Liverpool’s defence.

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“The Liverpool fans will want to see a lot more of him,” Brown told Football Insider.

“It’s just about opportunities, we’ve seen Curtis Jones get opportunities because of the injuries and we saw Fabinho drop back.

“So for him to play in a makeshift back two in such a huge game…

“Obviously the Tottenham goal came down their left-hand side and Jurgen Klopp was quick to say ‘it’s hard to stop Spurs scoring those type of goals.’

“I thought that was a really good interview and really good management. I thought the kid did really well.”


Williams has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the Liverpool first-team and just 12 months ago he was playing on loan for Kidderminster Harriers in the National League North.

The Preston-born defender has now played nine times for Liverpool’s first-team with regulars Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both out with long-term injuries.

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